As the name states, the Trunk Room is indeed full of trunks!
We did our due diligence, looking to see if there were anything interesting hidden in any of the trunks, and for the most part, they are all empty. One exception was this trunk, which had all these screw-in balls, on every surface. Our best guess that this was for transporting several hats at the same time.
A battered suitcase that has spent more than one trip on the Canadian Pacific Railway:
Most of the luggage had some form of identifier, as to whose luggage it was. Here, the yellow suitcase would have been Elisabeth’s, and the brown suitcase would have been Clara’s:
These golf clubs belonged to Elisabeth, and were made in Scotland. The clubs have seen some use – which Duluth courses do you suppose she played?
I just liked the sticker on this trunk – “Day Line. Hudson River by Daylight. Steamers Hendrick Hudson, Robert Fulton & Albany”:
This is a clever way to make a suitcase – basically take two wicker baskets and use a belt to cinch them together:
This was Clara’s, and what jumped out to me about this one was that Duluth had a “Duluth Trunk Company”!
The Duluth Trunk Company was established in 1888, and I found an old photo online of their storefront:
It looks like it was a pretty fancy shop!
This old leather satchel has an interesting clasp mechanism that you don’t see anymore:
It’s hard to read, but this sticker says “The Grand Hotel, L’d, Yokohama, Japan”:
This was a trunk that Elisabeth shipped to herself, from Westhome (their estate in Yakima, Washington) back to Glensheen:
As much as Chester loved to travel, clearly Elisabeth did quite a bit of traveling herself!
In April of 1961, Elisabeth sailed first class on the Queen Mary, from France. And as you can see, there are other stickers from previous trips:
With all of these trunks, I figured that we would find some interesting treats tucked into one of them, but it was not to be. However, Alfred’s Room more than made up it!