Category: Clothing and wearing apparel

First Samsonite suitcase


A Collectors Weekly post tells the story:

“As Shwayder’s brothers joined him in his enterprise, the company issued a line of luggage they dubbed, ‘Samson,’ after the Bible’s famous strongman… Despite the Depression, Shwayder continued to improve upon its more exclusive brand of products, with frames made from real wood, rayon linings, durable handles, secure locks, and a special fiber finish the company developed specifically to cover its suitcases. In 1939, Shwayder introduced the tapered ‘Samsonite’ suitcase that was enveloped with a tough, vulcanized fabric.”
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The U.S. registered trademark notice shown above has a 1938 date. That would be expected as a business would file, and hopefully receive, trademark protection before showing a new name to the trade. It would then take several months before the new item was made known to the public.

A photo of what is described as a 1939 Samsonite suitcase can be seen here: .

Red dress


Home sewing was aided by patterns available from a variety of sources. For more information on 1939 fashions illustrated above, see the links below.

Kresge mailer:

McCall’s Magazine Young Figures:

Simplicity pattern:

Presently, there is a serious side to wearing red. Today, the first Friday in February, has been designated National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness about heart disease in women and to educate Americans about the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer in women — and it is largely preventable. For more information, go to:

“National Wear Red Day® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and American Heart Association.”