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September, 1961. Eureka California. The Greyhound bus nudged forward slightly then stopped and let out a long hiss as air brakes released pressure. The bus driver swung open the door. Out into the morning coastal mist stepped Janet Frakes, a beautiful young college coed wearing a pastel pink pillbox hat. A slight breeze fluttered open her tan wool coat to reveal a smartly tailored, pink suit. In her hand she carried a cute little Taperlite train case. She caught the eye of several young college boys who were also getting off the bus. They undoubtedly would be surprised to learn that her train case was not filled with girly fu-fu makeup, but rather her molecular biology notes. The small piece of luggage was crammed full of notes for Janet's Humboldt State University senior project--ground breaking agricultural research on the development of hybrid sweet corn varieties.

Here's a wonderful 1950's Taperlite Train Case in a rich redish brown faux leather finish with brass-tone hardware and comes complete with the original mirror and removable tray. This hard-cased piece of luggage is 14.25" long x 8.5" tall X 7.5" wide. It has a center lock (sorry no key) and two flip-down latches. The interior is lined with a matching brown vinyl and has a three small pockets along the back wall. The removable plastic tray has five compartments.

Vintage train cases make great craft supply storage or added storage space in a bathroom and this one is really classy looking.

The exterior is in good vintage condition with some light travel scuffs. The corner guard stitching is tight, the handle is securely attached and the latches work well. We did find some small areas along the metal exterior pieces with some surface rust but they are not very noticeable. The interior is also in good shape with no rips or tears, just a few small light stains. The elastic on the pockets still has some life left to it. The mirror is in very good condition considering its age- nice and clear and not cracks or chips. The plastic tray/shelf is free of cracks or chips just some light discoloration from spilled make-up over the years.

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Mid-Century Taperlite Train Case - Make-up Case With Mirror and Tray


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
  • Materials: vinyl, metal
  • Only ships within United States.
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