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    Posted 4 years ago

    scottvez
    (934 items)

    This is an 1880s- 90s cabinet card that shows a railroad baggage handler.

    Photographer is Schellhous out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    I really like the large, flat top trunk at his side.

    Any information on the makers/ years of the trunk is appreciated.

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    Comments

    1. Im4anythingOld, 4 years ago
      By the looks of the leather straps its old. This is a snip-it from HMS antique trunks site regarding metal latches and leather straps. hope it helps...it has certainly helped me. Jim has a great deal of helpful trunk dating tips on his site under his "Trunk FAQs & Trunk Myths" section.
      Latches or leather straps.
      Trunk latches were not in general use until 1872. Any trunk with latches was made after 1872. The strap, and dowel pin method (a leather strap, and buckle like a belt, and a dowel pin used to keep the lid from shifting side to side) was used prior to 1872, and even a little while after. (probably to deplete inventory)
    2. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks for looking, commenting and site referral anythingold.

      scott
    3. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks brunswick and racer.

      scott
    4. dlpetersen, 4 years ago
      This postcard makes me think of my grandfather, he worked for Wells Fargo in the late 1890's to around 1910 riding on the railroad. My brother has his stamped US 1872 45 revolver, he bought it for 2 bits at the company store. He always laughed about it because it had one notch on the handle when he bought it. He said that guy couldn't have been to good to only have one notch.
    5. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks dlpetersen-- glad this brought back memories for you. The image is actually called a cabinet card. The format pre- dates postcards by about 35 years.

      scott
    6. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks spiritbear.

      scott
    7. trunkman trunkman, 4 years ago
      Lovely pic! The trunk may have been a zinc covered trunk from the 1880’s. Style wise, the shorter leather straps were often found on these types of trunk more so than other types.
    8. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      fabilus historical piccy scottv !!!!!!!!
      all the very best malkey
      1412
    9. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks malkey-- appreciate you looking and commenting.

      Best to you as well.

      scott
    10. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      NO PROLEMOE MY JOLLY GOOD FRIEND
      LOTS LOVE MALKEY
      4.34 PM
      16 TH JUNE 2018 YEAR
      1412
    11. buckethead, 4 years ago
      scotty.....funny.....I always thought it was scottvez
    12. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks much 64 and bucket.

      scott
    13. scottvez scottvez, 4 years ago
      Thanks much clockerman.

      scott
    14. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks for looking stuff.

      scott
    15. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks film.

      scott
    16. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
      Thanks again tom.

      scott

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