Steamer Trunks For Transatlantic Travel - 1910
Trunks and packages required in the stateroom should not exceed 14 inches in height, 2 feet in width and three feet in lepgth. In some staterooms larger trunks may be accommodated, but the intending traveler should consult the steamship company relative to the matter.
A strong steamer trunk should be purchased, as they are often taken off the steamer in lots of tbree or four, thus racking them severely.
The trunks should be kept locked while in the stateroom. Matting suitcases are recommended on account of their light weight. Heavy leather suitcases should not be carried, as their own weight is much against them to begin with.
Lightweight leather satchels which have a square opening when opened up, are recommended. "Hold-alls" and shawl straps are very handy for carrying rugs, shoes, and wraps.
Tips from Harper's Guide to Paris
The Steamer Trunk: The steamer trunk is the only trunk which is allowed in the stateroom. All other trunks, boxes, etc., must go in the hold of the ship. Steamer trunks should not exceed 13 inches in height, 24 inches in width, and 48 inches in length, as they can only be kept in the state-room by being placed beneath the berths and settees.
Any basket-work, or fragile package or trunk is unsuitable for the voyage and should not be taken. Steamer trunks should be marked clearly with the person’s name and with the words “state room.”
All steamship companies furnish tags for this purpose, which should be procured on arrival in New York, or whatever city the steamship sails from.
Trunks for the Hold: Each cabin passenger is allowed about twenty cubic feet of luggage. Only those things which are not required during the voyage should be in the hold trunks.
It is impossible to get at these during the journey across the ocean. They should bo strong and well- made, able to stand the wear and tear of several handlings.
Each trunk or package for the hold should be marked “ hold.” Taigs may be obtained from the steamship companies. Trunks that go in the hold may be of any shape.
The number which any one passenger takes depends on his or her wardrobe for the entire voyage to the Paris Exposition and return.
Baggage may be sent at any time addressed to the care of the steamship company on whose ship you are to travel. A letter should be sent to the company at the same time, describing the luggage and notifying the company that it is on the way.
All baggage should arrive at least three days before the sailing of the ship. If you bring your luggage with you, it may be sent, on arrival in New York, from the railroad station to the steamship company’s docks by means of the transfer companies in the city.
Sears, J. H., Harper’s Guide to Paris and the Exposition of 1900: A Comprehensive Map and Guide to The City of Paris; A Complete Guide to The Exposition; French Phrases Translated; And Maps Diagrams, And Illustrations, London And New York: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1900: 9
Tip from Good Housekeeping
If you have a good trunk, largo enough to contain whatever you are likely to buy iu Europe, take it with you, empty, or practically so. It will be put in the ship's hold.
On reaching the other side, you can put into this trunk your rug, heavy cape and whatever else you do not wish to lug all over Europe and store it with the steamship company, to await your return.
Storage charges are low. Of course if the weather is cold you may need to carry these wraps with you. Canvas cases suitable for holding them are cheap in Europe.
If you have no such trunk, you will have the chance of a lifetime to buy one cheap in London, Liverpool, or whatever port you soil from. This you would not naturally do until your return. Meantime, your extra luggage can bo wrapped and stored the same as a trunk.
Emmons, Myra, "The First Trip to Europe," Good Housekeeping: Conducted in the Interests of the Higher Life of the Household, Volume 42, No. 6, Whole Number 332, June 1906, P. 613.