I had almost forgotten about the two treasures below, they were stashed in the back of my walk-in closet.
They were given to me by my grandparents [Dad's parents] for my 21st birthday in '60's-I guess that makes me older than dirt!
Back then, a nice set of luggage was essential for the well- set up young lady and Grandma and Grandad wanted to be sure I was appropriately equipped- there was no way I was going to be allowed to take any journeys with mismatched luggage!
These are made by Regal luggage and originally I had three pieces, the third was a large suitcase that I discarded along the way, somewhat damaged by travel trauma! In hindsight, I would probably now not let it go, but we were moving around the globe with four children and anything not essential got left behind!
This first piece is a make-up case, very sturdy and fairly heavy even empty! It was popular back before we had to worry about what our luggage weighed, right? No one those days was paying $50 for an overweight bag!
It too is a little the worse for a great deal of wear and tear, it has travelled many, many miles. My make-up necessities were very safe in such a well made item.
This is a real blast from the past, a hat case! It still has a few of the travel stickers and it's quite huge to hold the largest of hats. Those days no proper lady went anywhere much without a hat- obviously I come from a very traditional family, never went "to town"[in my case the city of Sydney] to church or any other function without a hat. I loved hats, my favorite hat store was in the Imperial Arcade in Sydney, owned by a Hungarian lady. I would save up and pay fifteen pounds, a great deal of money for a student, three weeks plus living allowance in college, for a delectable ornament for my head!
If I was in dire straits and needed a new hat I could always go to the June Millinery I think it was also in the Imperial Arcade, and purchase the necessary to design my own hat and I often did just that!
The hats here haven't been worn for years- perhaps I need to give them away...... but then what would I keep in this wonderful hat case?