Sometime between the late 1890’s and 1910, Elmer Kirkland Cigar Co. and Hummell & Co., both in Binghamton, NY, adopted tin boxes shaped and printed like travel trunks (yes that’s what luggage looked like). Deutsch Bros. of NYC  was a third major user about whom almost nothing is known.    

        American Can and other tin-box-makers must have sold the idea to more than these three companies. If you have others, I’d like to hear from you.

Tin Trunks

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© Tony Hyman

Uploaded 2008.

Last modified: July 7, 2011.