The suitcase has become part and parcel of modern day travelling. But did you know that your travel bags – which are probably lying idle in a corner amid the pandemic – has some interesting trivia too? Here are some interesting facts about the travel luggage.
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Years in the making
The modern suitcase was created in the late 19th century and was associated with people in migration in the mid-20th century. But some accounts said an iteration of the suitcase dates back as early as 1153. The Knights Templar were the first to use wheeled luggage. Armour and other items were transported by the soldiers on wheeled cases.
Louis Vuitton dares Houdini
Louis Vuitton (yes, of the fashion house) is known for creating the first slatted trunk that is popularly associated with train travel in the 19th century. The Parisian fashion house would go on to build a reputation for the durability of its locks. The brand publicly challenged Harry Houdini to break out of one of is locks in 1890. The magician reportedly never responded.
Wheels are ‘unmanly’
Bernard Sadow patented the wheeled luggage in 1974, but it took almost two decades before men finally embraced the creation. Men balked at the idea because the assumption was that using a rolling suitcase is deemed “unmanly”. That stereotype was further perpetuated in the 1984 movie Romancing The Stone. Michael Douglas’ character was annoyed when Joan Wilder (played by Kathleen Turner) insisted on bringing her rolling suitcase into the jungle.
Luggages get smarter
The modern travel luggage continues to be reinvented with innovations from major luggage corporations. Companies are incorporating smart technology such as devices that allow travellers to track their bags remotely. In recent years, autonomous luggage – also referred to as robotic suitcases – have made it to the market. These bags are designed to automatically follow their owners seamlessly around airports.