THE LANGUAGE OF HOTEL LABELS

STORIES AND TRAVELS

Groom Louis Vuitton trunk travels

 

Luggage tags   are very popular with collectors. Under glass, or glued to old trunks, the labels make very pretty  decorations.

 

Most often kept by  travelers  as a  souvenir  of their trip, they can be dated.

 

 

" groom by Louis Vuitton"

advertisement for Louis Vuitton travel goods

Date:  1921

hotel luggage tag vuitton trunk

Their popularity owes everything to the  Americans  and the  English  who pride themselves on showing off their trunks, all colored with the labels of the hotels  they have passed, on their return from their trip  .

 

From this iconography oscillating between naive chromos and statutory trophy, the hotel world had drawn a specific and universal coded language, allowing all the doormen, porters, porters, bellboys, concierges, cameramen of the palaces of the planet to gauge, at the first glance. eye on the luggage, the profile of its owner.

  • Very generous
  • Unpleasant crampon
  • Beginner is not used to traveling
  • Bad
  • Unpleasant but good
old hotel label on luxury trunk and luggage
1920 - Drawing published in "the iconographic journey around the trunk" written by Gaston-Louis Vuitton
On some new labels, you can read the name of the advertising printer on the back. trunk vuitton
On some new labels, you can read the name of the advertising printer on the back.

EXAMPLE OF HOSPITALITY LABEL ON LUXURY TRUNK:

BE CAREFUL OF LABELS THAT HIDE DEFECTS

goyard label trunk very bad not original

These are real hotel labels stuck on for hidden flaws.

 

Practice more and more used by merchants.

The labels are rare and rarely in good condition, when the label is still on the trunk, the colors are dull because they are made of unvarnished paper and glued to gum arabic (reversible water-based glue like postage stamps ).

 

They are mainly found on the sides of the trunks.

 

Read our guide to buying a luxury trunk to discover all the practices that do not respect the rules of the art.

Example of a non-original label


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