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Porter Luggage Tag

Porter Luggage Tag


A clear vinyl luggage tag, 11.5 x 7.5 mm / 5 x 3 inches, with a loop and a card insert with text space on the back.

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    This 1910 luggage sticker from the Golden Age of Travel is rare for depicting a hardworking porter rather than a bellhop. 

    He's a working class hero who deserves to be an icon for the Self-Serve Age of Travel when even celebrities act as their own porters and boast of their favourite drag-along, wheeled luggage!

    The Prince George Hotel was once the pre-eminent hotel in Toronto.  Originally named the Rossin House Hotel, it was commissioned by jewellers and land speculators Charles and Marcus Rossin in 1857.  Designer William Kauffman of Rochester, New York, added fire safety features such as multiple staircases and a cold water supply for firefighters.  These saved all but one life when a fire gutted the hotel in 1862.

    Reopened in 1867, the Rossin House once again offered the luxuries of "hot and cold water, Baths and Closets on each floor", well-ventilated rooms with 19-foot/5.79-meter high ceilings, an inner courtyard garden with a fountain, dining options with delicacies such as "Oyster Patties-French Style" and "Veal Currie-East India Style" and a luxe wine list including Moët & Chandon champagne. 

    Eventually, the Prince George declined and was demolished in 1969 to make way for the Toronto-Dominion Centre designed by Mies van der Rohe.  Yet its signature graphic lives on for 21st century travellers! 

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