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This Trunk Sale and Trunkload Merchandising index page aggregates links
to all post and photos of retail merchandising, display, and outfitting
as well as deep Background courtesy of Wikipedia.

BACKSTORY: A trunk, also known as a travel trunk, is a large cuboid container designed to hold clothes and other personal belongings. They are most commonly used for extended periods away from home, such as for boarding school, or long trips abroad. Trunks are differentiated from chests by their more rugged construction due to their intended use as luggage, instead of the latter’s pure storage.

Among the many styles of trunks there are Jenny Lind, Saratoga, monitor, steamer or Cabin, barrelstaves, octagon or bevel-top, wardrobe, dome-top, barrel-top, wall trunks, and even full dresser trunks. These differing styles often only lasted for a decade or two as well, and—along with the hardware—can be extremely helpful in dating an unmarked trunk.

Although trunks have been around for thousands of years in China and elsewhere, the most common styles seen and referred to today date from the late 18th century to the early 20th century, when they were supplanted in the market by the cost-effective and lighter suitcase.

Trunks were generally constructed with a base trunk box made of pine which was then covered with protective and decorative materials. Some of the earliest trunks are covered with studded hide or leather and look much like the furniture of the same period (which makes sense as trunk manufacturing was sometimes an offshoot of a furniture business.) Later coverings include paper, canvas, plain or embossed tin, with an uncounted assortment of hardware and hardwood slats to keep it all down. They sometimes were made with a small brass handle on top and were made in many sizes. A couple nice examples are at Mount Vernon, owned by George and Martha Washington.[1]

There were hundreds of trunk manufacturers in the United States and a few of the larger and well known companies were Rhino Trunk & Case, C.A. Taylor, Haskell Brothers, Martin Maier, Romadka Bros., Goldsmith & Son, Crouch & Fitzgerald, M. M. Secor, Winship, Hartmann, Belber, Oshkosh, Seward, and Leatheroid. One of the largest American manufacturers of trunks at one point — Seward Trunk Co. of Petersburg, Virginia — still makes them for school and camp, and another company — Shwayder Trunk Company of Denver, Colorado — would eventually become Samsonite. Another is the English luxury goods manufacturer H.J. Cave trading since 1839. Their Osilite trunk was used by such famous customers as T.E. Lawrence and Ruth Vincent Some of the better known French trunk makers were Louis Vuitton, Goyard, Moynat, and Au Départ.[2][3] Only a few remain with the most prominent US company being Rhino Trunk and Case, Inc. They probably manufacture more trunks than any company in the world. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)


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For Trunk Sale and Trunkload Merchandising by title see…

Wood Trunkload Pillow Proposition
” Effy Fine Jewelry Trunk Show at Macy’s
Actual Trunk for Jewelry Trunk Sales
” Henri Bendel Limited Edition Jewelry Trunk
Traditional Toy Trunk Retails Christmas
” Seafood Road Show Event Promotion
Trunk Sale of Furs at Neiman Marcus
” Littmans Diamond Party One Day Only Sale
” Littmans Diamond Party Framed Thank You

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Vintage Trunk Apparel Sale Prop
Picture Frame Trunk Sale In-Store

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