LARGE 1950s BROWN HARD-SIDED SUITCASE
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In the fall of 1953 Chester Grimwall stood in front of a full length mirror with his best suit on and a brand new camel brown Samsonite suitcase in his right hand. He looked good and he looked ready to take on his new job as a traveling sales representative for Acme Anvil Inc. His territory would be the southwest states of the U.S. and he was excited to show Acme that he would be their best salesman ever.
Five years later Chester was Vice President of Sales at Acme. He had rocketed up the corporate ladder after writing 200% increases in anvil sales year after year. The "Suits" back at the home office couldn't figure out what his secret was. Apparently, back in those days there was a huge demand for anvils in the Desert Southwest. Chester was also responsible for the company's expansion into demolition and weaponry products which, for some reason, also sold phenomenally well in the desert states during that time period. He took his Samsonite suitcase with him where ever he traveled until he retired to Arizona back in 1984.
Here's a handsome, circa 1950s suitcase ready for decorating or storage. It measures 24" X 19" X 9" (Tapering from 9" at the bottom to 7.75" at top) with rigid sides covered in camel brown colored faux leather vinyl covering. The case features brass-tone hardware/trim, brown rubber edge guards and a matching brown handle. The interior is really nice on this case and features khaki colored fabric with steel-framed dividers for both sides. One side has a slack bar and a clothes hanger bar and included are three of the original Samsonite hangers. Both sides of this case lay flat when open. This style of luggage makes a wonderful side table as shown in the lead photo.
This suitcase has some travel scuffs/scratche and small nicks to the exterior but no major structural issues. The metal hardware has some light scratches but no rust. The latches work well (no keys included) and the handle is firmly attached. Its original Samsonite emblem is missing off the top of the case. The interior fabric lining is in very good shape and is very clean with no rips, holes, stains, mold or foul odors.
Flat shipping rate of $29.95 to anywhere in the lower 48 USA states. It may ship via FedEx Ground so please provide a physical shipping address if different than your mailing address (no PO Boxes). We can also ship it to Alaska/Hawaii/US Territories but it will run a little more for shipping by USPS Parcel--Convo us for a shipping rate prior to purchasing for those locations.
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