Modern day luggage has many conveniences, ball bearing wheels and extension handles for ease of use. But there is something appealing about vintage portage and luggage styles.
My husband just brought home from his mother’s estate a set of vintage Halliburton luggage cases. They originally belonged to his grandmother and they bear engraved plates with her name and Oklahoma address.
The Zero Halliburton website gives us short historical background of the origin of these cases.
The aluminum travel and business case story begins in 1938 when Earle P. Halliburton, a globetrotting businessman, commissioned a team of aircraft engineers to design an aluminum case that could endure his constant and rough travel. These aluminum cases became renowned as Halliburton cases.
In 1946, independent of any relationship with Halliburton, a metal fabrication company called Zierold Company changed its name to Zero Corporation.
In 1952, Mr. Halliburton sold his travel case division to the recently created Zero Corporation, officially ending any Halliburton Company’s involvement in the making of aluminum cases. The new division was renamed Zero Halliburton.
My husband’s vintage cases are Halliburtons, they predate the acquisition of the company by the Zero Corporation.
I love these cases and I look forward to future trips traveling in style with my belongings inside.
I’ve always loved vintage cases and I have another set that I use whenever I travel by car.
These cases are vintage Wheary luggage. The train case was a yard sale purchase many years ago and I have carried it faithfully on many trips. It was in very good condition when I purchased it but it now shows signs of a well traveled case. I found the matching suitcase on eBay. I use it for all my overnight business trips.
I love the interior of these cases. They are lined with a rayon satin that has little W’s woven in as the pattern. The train case has a removable tray.
The Wheary Luggage Company was in Racine, Wisconsin and made fine luggage and wardrobe trunks in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
I get a lot of compliments from strangers when ever I am registering at hotels on my travels.