Souvenir Sunday: Amelia Earhart luggage

Earlier this week, while waiting for Captain Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger’s presentation at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, I spent some time in the Amelia Earhart exhibit.  And while I don’t think I’ll take up flying my own plane anytime soon, I keep thinking about getting some new luggage.

Amelia Earhart endorsed a long list of products ranging from cars, cigarettes and clothing to what one press release described as nothing less than “the first truly practical and genuine airplane luggage.”

Earhart may have disappeared in 1937, but it appears a line of luggage bearing her name was produced well into the 1990’s.   And while I haven’t come upon anything from that line in the thrift stores near me, I did poke around the Museum of Flight gift shop to see if I could find something under $10 and “Amelia” for today’s Souvenir Sunday feature.

The only items that fit the bill were a few young adults books, including this one from the National Geographic Children’s Books series that includes photos, quotes from Earhart’s writings, theories about how she vanished, and maps of the route she followed on her last flight.

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3 thoughts on “Souvenir Sunday: Amelia Earhart luggage

  1. ginger says:

    I was browsing around a thrift store in central Jersey , with my lovely grandmother about fifteen years ago. I ended up buying a piece of luggage that resemble a bowling bag because it was brilliant avocado green color. It bears a metal stamp that Amelia Earhart but i don’t know anything else about it?

  2. Conrad says:

    I happen to come accross a set of Amelia’s luggage, and as I did research on them, all the other luggage from her line did not have the initials F P on the ends of the handles, I believe it means flight piolet, I am just wondering if anybody knows if those initials are significant in any way,
    Thank You

  3. My husband and I finally got around to watching the movie, “Amelia,” on demand yesterday evening. The luggage line, one of several products carrying her name or endorsement, had a supporting part in the movie. Coincidence that your post followed so quickly for me.

    Claire @

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