Airline Baggage Label Collection

Collection ID:
Institute of Aeronautical Sciences
bulk 1920-1990
Physical Description:
13 Cubic feet
(18 boxes)

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This artificial collection consists of a wide variety of airline timetables, memorabilia, baggage tags, and logos, aircraft company logos, aviation school logos, bumper stickers, and balloon prints. The material covers airlines and aircraft companies from around the world. There are also 1986 - 1987 Air Transport Label Catalogs.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Baggage labels were first supplied by steamship companies to passengers for identification purposes during the 1800s, and hotels, resorts, and railroad companies soon followed suit. In the 1920s, airlines began to offer them to their commercial passengers as well. The baggage labels were a valuable advertising tool for the companies as passengers began to accumulate these often artistic labels on their luggage as travel status symbols.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Institute of Aeronautical Sciences, Gift, Unknown

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
No restrictions on access.
Preferred Citation
Airline Baggage Label Collection, Accession XXXX-0146, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Aeronautics Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Airlines Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Luggage Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Advertisements Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Labels Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Air and Space Museum Archives
14390 Air & Space Museum Parkway
Chantilly, VA 20151