SmithAir747 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 1636 posts, RR: 28 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4107 times:
I have seen many airline ads from the 1970s, and have seen many of those leather-type or cloth bags emblazoned with airline logos and names.
What were they used for? Were they the early "carry-on" bags? Did both men and women use them, or were they mainly for women? Did all airlines have them, and how did passengers get them? I don't see them anymore now, except in retro-clothes stores or antique shops.
Please let me know what these were for.
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L1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1681 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3990 times:
They were small carry-on bags that were sold to the public in airport shops. I had an Eastern bag, a United bag, and an Aer Lingus bag. I wanted to replace them when they wore out, but they were no longer available. I don't know why they stopped making them. I'd love to buy one again.
I know that some of the trendier young women's clothing stores also have knock-offs of the originals. I swear I saw a Pan-Am one in some store. (A small glimmer of excitement in an otherwise dreadful day of shopping with my ex.)
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Convair990 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 162 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3840 times:
I had a Northwest Orient bag (from around the late '70's to early '80's, one side had a view of a DC-10 and the other, a 747) it was given to me about 15 years ago as a gift, but unfortunately the heavy usage I had on it did it's toll over time.
I also had a Air Canada bag I bought at YYZ around 1987, but that's now gone as well.
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Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 3819 times:
In the 60s BOAC gave away these bags to every passenger booking a First Class ticket. I believe the other majors did the same. However, there were no overhead lockers then - just an open 'hat rack'!
In those days cabin baggage was strictly restricted only to items needed during your flight! Even today, I still only carry a small Concorde leather bag with just my toilet essentials and my ticket wallet!
I hate it nowdays when some pax bring on around four or five large items of 'cabin baggage' and spend ages trying to stow it, often blocking access in the aisle, before and after the flight! Ugh!
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DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3782 times:
I have a JAL bag from the 1970s. I just used it on my most recent trip a couple weeks ago: DEN-LAX-SFO-LAX-DEN. I'll tell you, I had quite a few travelers that took note, and one even asked if it was an original. . .but of course!
As I sat at an A^A gate at LAX, I noticed two JAL 744s at the International Terminal. . .one with JALs new look (no crane) and one with the the last livery (w/crane). It has taken many years to phase out the famous crane. . .which is proudly displayed as the centerpiece of (one) of my flight bags.
Pesonally, I think it adds a bit of interest and color into our everyday bump-and-grind trips by air. And they make one heck of a carry-on these days.
PHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7554 posts, RR: 23
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3771 times:
Back in the early 70s, my older brother used a dark blue PanAm bag to carry his clothes to day camp. I think the bag originally belonged to one of my parents, they purchased it for probably around the time they went to London on vacation.
Unfortunately, the bag was lost within a week or so. Some clothing and a towel were later recovered in the Lost & Found; but the bag was never seen again.
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Ctbarnes From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 3491 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3757 times:
I had a large Northwest Orient flight bag that I purchased about 1979. I had it for about 10 years or so unti it wore out. It was the best carry-on bag I ever had; loads of space, easy to pack and an outside pocket I could store a portfolio in. I wish someone would start making them again; I'd buy another one in a minute!
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DIA From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3273 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3743 times:
Thought I'd reflect on what ClassicLover stated above. . .because I'm sure there are quite a few a.netters who would want one of these flight bags being discussed here:
You can find most, if not all, of your long lost flight bags and/or bags from airlines that you would be interested in owning. . .just go to ebay. I just went to check out what they have had lately, here's how: (after you type in a search for "airlines bag" or for "airways bag" depending on what airline(s) you are targeting, do a "completed items" search to see what has been available on the market lately. . .I'll bet you find the exact bag you remember, or are wanting. After that, keep checking the current items are until you find your bag and bid away.
By the way, I have the "red" background JAL bag. . .there is also a "navy blue" background available.
And yes, most of the bags that you find on ebay are original! Check the seller's information before you purchase to verify the bag's authenticity of course.
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Singaporegirl From Singapore, joined Oct 2000, 302 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3735 times:
yes, you can definately get them on ebay. i have a few vintage singapore airlines carry-on bags myself that i bring on my flights, they're brilliant! the other thing that i miss is the fact that most airlines and hotels no longer make their own stickers. it's so cool to have louis vuitton trunk luggages covered with those travel stickers. cheers.
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ATAflyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 79 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3658 times:
I collect them, since I remembered buying them in airport shops as a kid in the 70's...they are available on eBay, sure...but some of my favorite treasures I have found in Salvation Army stores and Goodwill shops across the country. I am still wanting to fly down to MIA and look in the used stores there, since that is where National, Eastern and Pan Am had their hubs. Should be an airline-collector paradise!
Btw, 2 of my favorite bags I bought when DFW first opened in 1974, with Braniff International emblazened on the sides!