Steamer Trunks For Transatlantic Travel

The Hartmann Wardrobe trunk pictured above... incidentally the best-looking thing in years... is a marvel of traveling convenience.

Whether It’s a Transatlantic Voyage — or a Week-End Cruise... by All Means Take Along a Trunk. Traveling’s Infinitely Pleasanter That Way. It Is Less Bother —There’s Less Effort Involved —and Often It’s More Economical Than Hauling About Odds and Ends of Hand Luggage • the Hartmann Wardrobe Trunk Pictured Above... Incidentally the Best-Looking Thing in Years... Is a Marvel of Traveling Convenience. Ruggedly Built To Weather Almost Any Abuse, It Takes a Whole Cruise Wardrobe —or More —Keeps It Safe, Shipshape, Wrinkle-Free. Right at Your Finger Tips — Ready To Put on • Finished in Sturdy, Natural Irish Linen With Club Striping for Easier Identification, You’ll Find It Available in a Variety of Sizes and Models at Most Good Luggage Shops and Department Stores. Many Hartmann Dealers Can Offer You at This Time of the Year Attractive Price Reductions on Discontinued Hartmann Models and Sizes. See Them. the Seven Seas, July 1932. GGA Image ID # 1792690fd7

Trunks and packages required in the stateroom should not exceed 14 inches in height, 2 feet in width, and three feet in length. In some staterooms, larger trunks may be accommodated, but the intending traveler should consult the steamship company relative to the matter.

A strong steamer trunk should be purchased, as they are often taken off the steamer in lots of three or four, thus racking them severely.

The trunks should be kept locked while in the stateroom. Matting suitcases are recommended on account of their lightweight. Heavy leather suitcases should not be carried, as their own weight is much against them, to begin with.

Lightweight leather satchels, which have a square opening when opened up, are recommended. "Hold-alls" and shawl straps are very handy for carrying rugs, shoes, and wraps.

Tips from Harper's Guide to Paris

The Steamer Trunk: The steamer trunk is the only trunk that is allowed in the stateroom. All other trunks, boxes, etc., must go in the hold of the ship.

Steamer trunks should not exceed 13 inches in height, 24 inches in width, and 48 inches in length, as they can only be kept in the state-room by being placed beneath the berths and settees.

Any basket-work or fragile package or trunk is unsuitable for the voyage and should not be taken. Steamer trunks should be marked clearly with the person’s name and with the words “stateroom.”

All steamship companies furnish tags for this purpose, which should be procured on arrival in New York, or whatever city the steamship sails from.

Hartmann Trunks. As New as Tomorrow—is this gay colorful matched group of modern luggage.

Hartmann Trunks. as New as Tomorrow—Is This Gay Colorful Matched Group of Modern Luggage. and Made by Hartmann! You Can’t Ask More Than That, Now, Can You? if You’re One of Those Smart Sophisticates Who Take Their Travelling Gear Reasonably Seriously, by All Means Drop Into Your Favorite Department Store or Luggage Shop and See These Modern Hartmann Things. Done in Light, Natural Irish Linen (Marvelously Sturdy) —With a Gay Band of Blue, Orange and Yellow, They’ll Be Instantly Identified as Your Own — and as the Smartest Luggage en Route. 16 Models and Sizes—Quite Reasonably Priced. the Seven Seas, February 1932. GGA Image ID # 17927035e3

Trunks for the Hold: Each cabin passenger is allowed about twenty cubic feet of luggage. Only those things which are not required during the voyage should be in the hold trunks.

It is impossible to get at these during the journey across the ocean. They should be strong and well-made, able to stand the wear and tear of several handlings.

Each trunk or package for the hold should be marked “hold.” Tags may be obtained from the steamship companies. Trunks that go in the hold may be of any shape.

The number which anyone passenger takes depends on his or her wardrobe for the entire voyage to the Paris Exposition and return.

Baggage may be sent at any time addressed to the care of the steamship company on whose ship you are to travel. A letter should be sent to the company at the same time, describing the luggage and notifying the company that it is on the way.

All baggage should arrive at least three days before the sailing of the ship. If you bring your luggage with you, it may be sent, on arrival in New York, from the railroad station to the steamship company’s docks by means of the transfer companies in the city.

Sears, J. H., Harper’s Guide to Paris and the Exposition of 1900: A Comprehensive Map and Guide to The City of Paris; A Complete Guide to The Exposition; French Phrases Translated; And Maps Diagrams, And Illustrations, London And New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1900: 9

Hartmann Steamer Trunks, The Seven Seas, February 1932.

Hartmann Steamer Trunks, The Seven Seas, February 1932. GGA Image ID # 1794552b72


Tip from Good Housekeeping

If you have a good trunk, largo enough to contain whatever you are likely to buy in Europe, take it with you, empty, or practically so. It will be put in the ship's hold.

On reaching the other side, you can put into this trunk your rug, heavy cape, and whatever else you do not wish to lug all over Europe and store it with the steamship company, to await your return.

Storage charges are low. Of course, if the weather is cold, you may need to carry these wraps with you. Canvas cases suitable for holding them are cheap in Europe.


Porter Assists Passenger with Steamer Trunk, The Book Lover's Magazine, May 1904.

Porter Assists Passenger with Steamer Trunk, The Book Lover's Magazine, May 1904. GGA Image ID # 17929aaf5c


If you have no such trunk, you will have the chance of a lifetime to buy one cheap in London, Liverpool, or whatever port you soil from. This you would not naturally do until your return. Meantime, your extra luggage can be wrapped and stored the same as a trunk.

Emmons, Myra, "The First Trip to Europe," Good Housekeeping: Conducted in the Interests of the Higher Life of the Household, Volume 42, No. 6, Whole Number 332, June 1906, P. 613


Advertisement from the Lord & Taylor Luggage Shop at Fifth Avenue, New York, The Cunarder Magazine, May 1928.

Advertisement from the Lord & Taylor Luggage Shop at Fifth Avenue, New York, The Cunarder Magazine, May 1928. GGA Image ID # 179255896e


At the race-track you can look as trim as if you had come direct from home—if you have traveled with the new Lord & Taylor Wardrobe Luggage—which combines capacity with the latest devices for neat arrangement. It will keep clothes wrinkle-less from here to Zanzibar and back!

TOUROBE A suitcase that is really a miniature wardrobe trunk and can be easily carried anywhere. Men find it particularly convenient, as it will keep a two weeks' wardrobe in perfect smoothness. $37-50 Others $20 to $70.

WARDROBE SUITCASE Made especially for women —it is the newest addition to the conveniences of travel — opens vertically—greatly simplifies arrangement. And —frocks and suits emerge spick and span. $15 to $35.

WARDROBE HATBOX Slips into corners too small for most other luggage. Its capacity is remarkable—for it will keep even ten dresses as immaculate as a wardrobe trunk (in addition to hats, shoes, lingerie and other things). $12.50 to $42.50.

WARDROBE TRUNK A Hartmann Wardrobe Trunk made especially for Lord & Taylor. It has space for all of the clothes a traveler needs—and five locking-drawers for the smaller things. $49.50 Other Wardrobe Trunks $35 to $225.

GLADSTONE BAG Made of fine selected English russet leather—with sturdy hand-worked corners. A veteran for hard service — it carries much in little space. Three sizes — 22, 24, and 26 inches. $40 Other Gladstones $25 to $75

STEAMER RUG Loomed in England from pure Scotch wool. A wide assortment of dashing plaids $17.50 Other Steamer Rugs $7.75 to $100. Shawl Strap, $2.


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