Luggage Labels, Airlines
It’s hard to believe as you watch the anonymous black blobs come down the chute at baggage claim that people once cared what their luggage looked like and had an expectation that it would be handled with care. A suitcase well-adorned with labels showed you were a person who’d been around—and was quite possibly going places.
Helsinki is about the only word I understand on this label, NNKY, KFUK, Hotelli Hospiz Helsinki. Airline labels, as you can see, often featured the obvious device, wings. The great ones here include Continental Air Lines, Mohawk Airlines (The Route of the Air Chiefs), American Airlines, and TWA (Trans World Airlines).
It was a well-traveled traveler who had an Istanbul Park Hotel sticker on his luggage. More airlines include Chicago and Southern, Delta C&S, and another Chicago and Southern with Dixieliner Service.
United Air Lines set itself apart by foregoing the wing motif. Washington Express and Colonial Airlines are handsome examples of the art of the label, Bonanza Air Lines not so much. Northwest Airlines offers U.S. Airmail Express and Passenger Service. United States (Shipping) Lines makes good use of the red, white, and blue.
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