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Antique Trunk History of Antique Trunks from Steamer Trunk Postcards, Paintings, Lithographs, and Period Photographs For Your Enjoyment and Pleasure

Photo of Immigrants Waiting to be Admitted into America 1884 In The Land of Promise - oil on wood panel

An Antique Trunk black and white lithograph image to the left entitled "In the Land of Promise - in Castle Garden" which shows European immigrants arriving in America and waiting to be admitted at Ellis Island in the late 1890's. Note the woman breast feeding and other people all sitting and resting on their antique trunks while awaiting entrance into the United States.

Image to the right is the original "In The Land of Promise - in Castle Garden" 1884 oil on wood panel by Charles Frederic Ulrich (American, 1858 -1908), again showing the antique steamer trunks used by immigrants entering the United States at Ellis Island.

Showroom Sales Room of Horse Collars, Bridles, and Steamer Trunks Shelter After San Francision Earthquake 1906

Photo to the left is an antique trunk postcard which shows a showroom with lots of antique trunks for sale on the floor and horse collars and other tack hanging from the cieling and walls. This was probably taken in the sales display and show room of a steamer trunk factory since besides antique trunks they also produced similar items such as furniture, cabinets, wooden and leather household goods, as well as livery, bridles, horse collars and other tack for horses.

Photo to the right is another of many antique steamer trunk postcards, this one showing a woman in a makeshift shelter after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake consisting of two antique steamer trunks possibly with all of her possessions.

White Star Line Titanic Label Found on Steamer Trunk White Star Line Titanic Label Found on Steamer Trunk

Both photo's above show a White Star Lines luggage label from the Titanic which was found on a steamer trunk which either was somehow recovered, or more likely was lost and missed being put on the ship during it's ill-fated maiden voyage.

1919 Newspaper Ad Featuring Steamer Trunks and Bibles abandoned store with steamer trunks and early coca cola sign
Photo to the right shows an abandoned late 19th century or early 20th century rural general store with various dome top and flat top steamer trunks laying around outside the building.

Photo to the left shows a newspaper advertisement dated 1919 featuring some "newer" steamer trunks and bibles.

Ca 1890-1910 Man Sitting On Ornate Flat Top Steamer Trunk'; return true

Salute - Print by Thomas Sierak

Photo to the right is a signed and registered print #35 of 850 Limited Edition run by artist Thomas Sierak entitled "Salute". The print speaks for itself and needs no further explanation.

Photo on the left is a well dressed man posing on an ornate flat top antique steamer trunk ca 1890-1910. Very similar to the antique trunks found for sale here on The Pirate's Lair.

'Moving Day in American West 1986 Maidenform Advertisement

Image to the left shows a man and a woman on horseback in what appears to be moving day. Note the antique flat top trunk strapped to a mule.

Image to the right shows a 1986 Maidenform Advertisement with a Wardrobe Steamer Trunk. We thought a little racy photo would liven up the topic of Steamer Trunks!

The contrast and juxtaposition of two photo's illustrating two girls "on the move" about 100 years apart with only their trusty Antique Trunks in common and in tow!

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An 1880 to 1890 antique photograph showing steamer trunk factory with workers. Click HERE For More Historical Information On this Photograph!

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Why just get a shadow box or a newly made trunk with no history! One of our 100+ Year Old Nautical Antique Trunks can be used for both a Shadow Box and Storage Chest for your Uniforms, Photograph Albums, and Memorabilia!

Rare 1880 to Early 1890's Photograph of Antique Trunk Factory and Workers Using Albumen Silver Print Method, Mounted to a Period Board Which Dates The Photo
Note the Flatop and Two Monitor or Waterfall Trunks, Each Being Individually Unique at the Very Time of Production.
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We all romanticize about the mystique of these antique trunks. The possible owners and travels that each steamer trunk has taken, along with the high level of detailed craftsmanship in the original production of each and every steamer trunk with that individualized character giving both intrinsic and non-intrinsic value.
However the truth of the matter is that the majority of these trunks were made towards the middle to end of the 19th century just at the dawning of the industrial revolution here in America when there were no child labor laws or protections. This rare photo clearly illustrates at least 3 generations of owners and workers, ages appearing to range from pre-teen/adolescent, teens/early adult, through middle to old age!
It was a common practice that loyal and productive craftsmen would be allowed to bring their children to work with them to learn a craft, so many of the children in this photograph were more than likely sons of the men shown.
Note the adolescent factory workers on top row! Note that there are no women in the photo! This is due to the fact that at that time "proper" women did not work outside of the home, certainly not in a factory. Everybody appears to look pretty stern, having on their arms crossed and "work" faces put on.
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