Vintage Hotel Luggage Labels

by Anh-Minh on January 31, 2013

{ Photo from Bukowskis }

While there are lots of things about modern-day travel that I appreciate—like in-flight movies and wi-fi—there’s one bygone practice that I wish had stuck around: luggage labels. In the late-1800s to mid-1900s, it was common for hotels to offer these labels so that guests would adhere them to their suitcases. It was a way for hotels to promote themselves, and for travelers to track where they had stayed.

The other day, I spent a few hours on eBay and Etsy searching for labels of hotels that I’ve stayed at over the years. There’s a certain romance to collecting these vintage labels, isn’t there? I’m thinking of rounding up a handful and having them framed for the art wall in my bedroom. Seems fitting since some of these labels are like little works of art.

{ Hotel Astor – via V Books }

{ Inversnaid Hotel - via Villa 15 Vintage }

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