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#72: O.P.P.

June 1, 2009

Other People’s Property. It’s what collecting heaps of vintage is all about– imagining where or whose it was and how it eventually found its way into your hot little hands. Some things so personal you’d think whoever had it must have hung on pretty tight, until they just couldn’t.

At a top secret, undisclosed New York City rummage sale last week I scored a great piece— monogrammed luggage by the tried n’ true Hartmann brand, in beautifully weathered cuoio leather. My two closets are exploding, three dressers ’bout to burst, and when all else fails it seems there is always room to tastefully stack another big-ass antique suitcase somewhere in the boudoir. This piece now houses all of the lady’s delicates.

The new addition, care of J.P. II:

Hartmann suitcase, c. 1940’s. Monogrammed J.P. II . Measures 20x20x12.

Of course it comes as no surprise to the industrious apartment dweller, but always a good reminder that the trunk is not only good for storage but can double as a bench, coffee table, or bookshelf while adding its own hint of old-world charm to the room.

Hartmann - 1939
From the Hartmann website:
For 130 years, Hartmann has prided itself on crafting the finest luggage and leather goods. Throughout its history, Hartmann has upheld its image as the definitive American purveyor of stylish carrying bags, always viewing luggage as a veritable fashion accessory. From creating gorgeous yet practical trunks and pullmans for steam liner and railway travel to the development of smaller, fashionable suitcases designed specifically for travel on new commercial jets, Hartmann has always been the brand of choice for discerning travelers.

And now, Hartmann: the brand of choice for the discerning clotheshorse…

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 2, 2009 5:49 am

    Old luggage and trunks are so great! Creative storage pieces and look good in any room. The leather looks really good on yours!

  2. June 2, 2009 9:16 am

    You should take a photo of it next to something, so we can get a relative idea of how large it is.

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      June 2, 2009 9:23 am

      get out the measuring tape DeBenedetto. 20x20x12. XOX

  3. June 2, 2009 9:28 am


  4. June 6, 2009 7:54 am

    “O.P.P.” is a 1991 song recorded by rap group Naughty by Nature.

    • indiansummervintage permalink*
      June 6, 2009 9:38 am

      Yup, one of my all time favorites.

  5. June 6, 2009 9:12 pm

    I have a massively huge & very old Hartmann steamer trunk that I bought 20 yrs ago at an auction for 40 bucks. My wife doesn’t get it, so it’s in the garage, but I’ll never give it up.

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