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The History of Luggage

Ever since man has moved from place to place and took his belongings with him some sort of luggage was used. It was used to keep all belongings together and even organized. Like everything luggage has evolved. Christopher Columbus likely had a trunk filled with clothing and necessary navigational tools such as maps. Trunks were often made of fine woods like oak, pine, or cedar. Others are made of a combination of materials including cloth and leather.

Trunks were often ornately decorated with nails and brass clasps with locks. Families have passed them down through generations and have become family heirlooms. Luggage was and is made of a variety of materials. The hides of animals such as deer, horse, and even cow were used and were very popular. Come to think of it, Leather is still a popular material used in the making of luggage.

They were meant to last a long time. Since trunks were often large and cumbersome smaller bags were made such as the carpet bags. We now have suitcases, tote bags, and backpacks. We have luggage with wheels, luggage that expands, luggage that is soft and able to be put in tight spaces, and hard luggage that protects your belongings and will survive the very rough handling of baggage handlers. Luggage now comes with wheels. Telescoping handles and leather pull straps are used. They come with places for bottles of water, CD players, and lunch pouches. They are laptop computer compatible and are more durable than ever before.


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