Luggage evolution: From carrier of swords to biodegradable tote
Thinking of our collaboration with Epic Travelgear, we found this fun infographic about the evolution of luggage starting with rolling vessels for weapons in the Middle Ages and carts drawn by elephants and, later, Louis Vuitton’s 1870s “steamer trunks.” In the early 1900s an American company began bragging their bags were “hard enough to stand on.” And the collapsible tow handle was patented as late as 1994. Surely we could add that cheap and easy air travel and the development of plastics have helped fuel an exponential growth in people who want to run around sprawling airports dragging their stuff. Last year 120 million Chinese citizens traveled abroad, and there’s more to come as people there enter the middle class. How big is a mountain of 120 million suitcases at the garbage dump? The infographic even takes a look into the future. One bag climbs stairs, and another has GPS. Perhaps the biodegradable, mass-produced suitcase is next on the timeline.