Posted 6 years ago
This small trunk looks like a hat trunk, but was custom made by C.A. Taylor Trunks of Chicago as a ticket trunk. These were made for performers of traveling shows, Vaudeville acts, circus acts, etc., to collect tickets as the customers came into their tent or show room. This one has the Taylor brass label on top and also the special ticket slot in the lid. It has very strong hardware and brass lock all marked with the Taylor name. This one has the original canvas and hand painted name of Pearl Tangley, "Theatre". She traveled the country for a couple years, from around 1905, and was known as the "Mental Marvel", her own mentalist or fortune telling show. It sure would be interesting to know all the places this little trunk has been! These ticket trunks are shown in the Taylor Trunks catalog I have from 1908 also.