Why yes, that is a stack of Shakespeare! Over lunch today, I needed a bit of an escape – so I headed to the Brattle Book Shop’s outdoor lot, on West Street in Downtown Crossing, to search their shelves for vintage design books. These four unplanned purchases were stacked together, just waiting for me to find them.
When I got them back to my office, I flipped through one and discovered a little treasure tucked amidst the pages.
The stock used for this luggage tag is an impressive weight, and the colors and design are certainly a far cry from those lame, afterthought tags they keep out at modern airline bag check counters worldwide.
A bit of research revealed that Home Lines was an Italian passenger shipping company. Founded in 1948, the company had ships and routes worldwide, and ceased operations when it was acquired by Holland America Lines in 1988. (An aside: given that the books I picked up were published in 1962, it’s quite possible that this tag was serving as a placeholder for Shakespeare before I was born. Neat, right? Right??)
Have you ever unwittingly made an exciting discovery, or found treasures in used books you’ve purchased? Any great vintage design trinkets to share?