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Airline Baggage Label Collection
This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Baggage labels were first supplied by steamship companies to passengers for identification purposes during the 1800s, and hotels, resorts, and railroad companies soon followed suit. In the 1920s, airlines began to offer them to their commercial passengers as well. The baggage labels were a valuable advertising tool for the companies as passengers began to accumulate these often artistic labels on their luggage as travel status symbols.
Institute of Aeronautical Sciences
Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, Gift, Unknown
13 Cubic feet ((18 boxes))
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Scope and Contents
This artificial collection consists of a wide variety of airline timetables, memorabilia, baggage tags, and logos, aircraft company logos, aviation school logos, bumper stickers, and balloon prints. The material covers airlines and aircraft companies from around the world. There are also 1986 - 1987 Air Transport Label Catalogs.
Airline Baggage Label Collection, Accession XXXX-0146, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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