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In the spring of 1955 Lisa looked back at the green hills of Kentucky as she stepped up on to the train. In her right hand was her large blue Amelia Earhart suitcase which contained her life's possessions including her three pairs of tap shoes. In her left hand was her one-way ticket to New York City. The wide-eyed, blond was on her way to Broadway to star in a yet to be determined show. She would be a one-woman wonder, singing, tap dancing and acting to the thrills of her loving audience.

Six weeks later, Lisa had been on at least fifty cattle calls and she had yet to be called back. Now she was down to her last few dollars and the rent was due next week. As she was walking back from her last audition, she noticed a "Waitress Wanted" sign in a small deli just off Broadway. She slipped in and met the owner, Saul Lieberwitz who hired her on the spot.

"Can you start right now honey, I'm in a real jam here. My last waitress ran off with the pickle delivery man and left me in the lurch."

"I suppose I could," Lisa said forgetting that she was still wearing her tap shoes.

"Good, here's an apron...lunch rush starts in a few minutes." Saul said as he tossed her an apron.

As the lunch crowd grew, Lisa found herself unconsciously tapping out a distinct rhythm as she raced across the deli's tile floor. There in the corner of the deli a well-dress gentleman sat with a half-eaten Reuben sandwich in his hand, his eyes transfixed on the graceful waitress who was gliding from table to table, tickety tack, tickety tack.

"Waitress...I'm directing a show, I think I have a part for you." He called out to her as she tapped past his table.

That day Lisa tapped out of the deli and into a Broadway show--her first big break in what would be come a successful career in show business.


Here's super nice Amelia Earhart suitcase ready for travel or display. This piece of luggage is 21" X 18." 8.5" and is made of wood covered with a blue burlap textured vinyl with leather edge guard, leather covered handle and brass hardware. It also has a nice Amelia Earhart emblem on a brass plate. The divided interior is lined in a powder blue linen with 3 elastic side pockets, 2 bottom tie ribbons, metal hanger bar, elastic divider strap and tie ribbons. When open, the lid to this case stands vertical which makes it a great piece for retail display.

This piece of luggage is in very good vintage condition. The exterior is free of any dents or tears just a few light travel scuffs, some nicks to the leather edge guards and handle. We did notice a faded pink "X" mark on the top which somebody probably put on with fingernail polish to help identify the suitcase when traveling. The latches have some tarnish but work well (no key included). The interior is likewise in very good condition with no rips, holes or tears--the only thing found was that there's a light stain on one of the tie ribbons but it is hardly noticeable.

1950s Amelia Earhart Suitcase - Big and Blue


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: wood, brass, leather
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