Travel Case, 'Letholite'; Letholite Luggage; 1930-1940; WY.1991.2


Travel Case, 'Letholite'

About this object

This 'Letholite' travel case is lined in figured silk, with two internal rouched pockets. It has a band of curved zinc to keep the bottom level in shape.

The Letholite Luggage Factory was situated on Ponsonby Road, Auckland, and opened in 1919 for the firm of Palmer, Collins & Whittaker. The business went on to engage 50 workers, making it an important employer and a major supplier of good quality luggage to the New Zealand public. On the 'Letholite' label inside the case we are informed that this was 'The toughest material known to the travel goods trade'.

This case was sold through the 'Home of Suitcases' store, located on Stuart Street, Dunedin and owned by Miss Jimsie C Fraser. Miss Fraser must have been a very interesting and entrepreneurial character - a recognised painter, musician and benefactor, as well as running her own business specialising in luggage and crockery.


Letholite Luggage

Maker Role



Jimsie C Fraser

Maker Role


Date Made




Place Made

Oceania, New Zealand, North Island, Auckland, Auckland

Place Notes

Sold in Dunedin.

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, metal, steel
organic, processed material, animal, leather
organic, processed material, vegetal, paper, card
organic, processed material, animal, animal product, silk
inorganic, processed material, metal, zinc

Inscription and Marks

Inside lid in ink: 'WY 91 2'
Label inside lid: 'Letholite'
Label inside hinge: 'Jimsie C Fraser'
'Home of Suitcases'
'190 Stuart St'


h 355 mm x w 455 mm x d 270 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Domestic Life (household chattels, food and drink)

Object Type

personal effects

Object number


Copyright Licence  

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