MID-CENTURY BLUE METAL TRAVEL TRUNK
In the spring of 1961 Lisa looked back at the green hills of Kentucky as she stepped up on to the train. In her right hand was a blue metal 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.
For sale is a small mid-century metal litho printed blue travel trunk ready for use as a prop or in your shabby cottage decor. This piece of luggage is made of thin wood with the exterior covered in thin metal printed in blue with a faux tweed pattern. It is 24" X 13" X 7" and has brass-tone hardware. The inside is lined with a faux cedar printed paper. The lid stands vertical so it works for leaving open and displaying items. We are dating this piece to the late 1950's or early 1960's.
The exterior has a nice patina of travel scuffs and scratches, some light dings and a few spots of light surface rust. The latches work well (no key included). On the interior, the original simulated wood grain paper is coming loose in a few spots and there are some water stains but other than that it is relatively clean considering it's age. Interior has the typical light vintage luggage smell.
If you like this one, it would look great stacked on this larger trunk: https://www.etsy.com/listing/103571245/bright-green-mid-century-metal-sided