I recently bought an antique suitcase on eBay. I will have a booth at an upcoming Bridal Show in Santa Clara on January 7 & 8 and wanted the suitcase for a display piece. I was told it was from the 1950’s.
There were some contents in the inside. A small bar of soap with the brand Lifebuoy. My 71 year old mother recognized this brand of soap. She said it was my grandfather’s favorite brand. I had never heard of it.
There was a small pack of matches. The have Rivera Club, Indiana written on them. I’m assuming that was a nightclub or casino.
There was a small 5 cent stamp from Argentina that was post marked. It looks like it might have fallen off of a letter or postcard.
A small notebook Indian boy holding a Santa Fe sign was most curious. I believe Santa Fe was a railroad company. The little notebook was blank. I guess it was a handout for the passengers.
Finally, there were two hair pins. I guess this indicates that the original owner was probably a woman.
All this made me think. What would my suitcase say about me and my travels to someone who opened it 50 years from now.