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Hand Baggage, Etc. on Steamships - 1910

If possible only hand baggage should be taken by the traveler on the Continent, as in many countries nothing will be carried free in the baggage vans, as is the case with Italy, Switzerland and Germany. Austria and Denmark allow 55 pounds free; France and Spain 66 pounds; Belgium and Holland 55 pounds on through routes only, while in England 150 pounds on each first class ticket, and 100 pounds on third class tickets, is allowed.

The baggage is charged by weight where nothing is allowed and no definite rates can be given. A receipt is given for all money paid for the transportation of baggage and this corresponds to our check.

It should be borne in mind that a passenger cannot claim more space for his hand-baggage than is comprised in the space under his seat, or in the netting overhead; it should, therefore, be condensed as much as possible.

As a rule the seat space does not exceed 22 inches in width.. On the mountain railways there are frequently no racks for hand-baggage. If possible, the tourist should only take a small valise or suitcase that he can carry in the hand. It should be of simple construction, so that it can be opened in an instant for Customs examination.

All baggage should be marked with the owner's name and place of destination in full, and fastened with case locks Padlocks and straps are objectionable, being liable to damage or removal.

Canvas coverings are also undesirable, their removal often leading to the loss of the package. Jewelry and other valuables should not be placed in registered luggage.

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1910 Travel Guide by Scientifc American

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