Collectibles-General (Antiques)/train cases


train case?
train case?  
Hi I have been tryin to find info on those 2 pieces i have had for over ten years... And can you believe i have never seen this site before... Like i said i have 2 of these one has like a littke portable closet a few hangers that r connected .. And the other one has a mirror on the inside .. They both had 3 letters on it from moving a few have fell off .. Whats left an M L is on the smaller one.. Please help my mystery of over 10 yrs ..Thanks Jen


The case I see in the picture is a small traveling case or possibly ladies cosmetics case from the 1950's based on the look. It could be called a train case but air travel was becoming much more popular and so it was probably not really called a train case but a travel case. The letters were most likely the owners initials because companies didn't put their own name on the cases like that. Quite a few companies were making this type case and many don't have the maker's name on them.  I'm not quite sure what you meant about one having a portable closet with hangers since I don't see a picture of that.  I assume it was quite a bit larger if it has hangers, so maybe it's a wardrobe trunk. Luggage companies made sets of luggage in many sizes including these small cases that matched. The items from the 1950's are becoming much more collectible now.   I hope that information helps.

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