Dec 19, 2014

My vintage 1960s Travel bar

Get a load of this nifty item I found at the thrift store this year.  This is not a piece of luggage in the traditional sense, and you sure wouldn't be using it to lug around your unmentionables or toiletries.  No, it was reserved for something much more important.  Your Booze!

This is a 1960s travel bar made by Platt luggage in Chicago Illinois.  It measures 12.5 x 6" x 7.75" and is complete and in near mint condition.  Upon close inspection, it was obvious to me that this item has never been used.    All leather straps and snaps are in absolute perfect condition, and all drink-ware is unscratched and untarnished.  The outside of the case is in excellent condition and simply needed a good dusting and a once over with a damp cloth.  There is a production sticker inside that no one ever bothered to remove, and included with this set was the original warranty card, and key to lock the case with.

The set contains shot glasses, stirrer, bottle opener, larger glass/shaker, and has enough space to hold a couple of decent sized bottles of booze.  It also came with a pretty cool brochure. Here's what the brochure reads..

In six months it won't look like you've had it six years

Your new Platt case is a tough nut to crack.

It may get tossed around, dropped, bumped and bruised.

But it'll keep on looking good even when it gets old.

You see, at Platt, not only did the finest materials go into it, but also over 50 years of luggage-making experience.

That's why your beautiful new case has things like a lightweight yet tough outer skin that resists bumps, bruises, and scratches.

Positive closure locks that won't pop open when the going gets tough.

A rugged handle that won't break under a heavy load.

And an aluminum rim for extra strength.

All of which go to make it strong enough to stand up to just about anything.

And that's a guarantee.

Something else.

In making your new Platt case tough enough to take a jet age beating, we also made it easy to care for.

It'll wipe clean with just a cloth dampened in lukewarm water.  Add a little ordinary liquid detergent for stubborn dirt or grease smudges.

A dry, cool place is best for storage.

And one more thing.

It's been a pleasure doing business with you.

Platt Luggage   

I bought this case with every intention of selling it on ETSY or eBay, but I'm not so sure I can let it go now.  It's just too dang cool, and makes me feel like Don Draper when I tote it around.  I'm thinking about using this to house an Absinthe kit that I plan on soon buying.  At the very least, it would make a nice carrying case for a couple of bottles of top quality rum.  At the cost of just $2.50 at the local thrift store, I think it was quite the bargain.  What do you think?


  1. We. Love. This. I found the same exact thing at a church rummage sale and we use it frequently. It's perfect for our new-to-us travel trailer. So happy to see someone else enjoying it as well! Cheers!

    1. It's DEFINITELY a great conversation piece at parties etc!


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