Tucker Luggage, 1948

In the late 1940s, Preston Tucker introduced a novel car with advanced safety features and futuristic styling. The Tucker Corporation obtained a factory and raised start-up money by selling stock and dealer franchises. Consumers purchased Tucker car radios and luggage as a way to reserve a car. This luggage was owned by Carl Woerz, a prospective Tucker dealer in Reno, Nevada. Tucker’s unorthodox fundraising methods caused the federal government to investigate his corporation on suspicion of fraud. Lawsuits and a grand jury indictment further eroded confidence. Tucker lost his factory and his dream of mass-producing “the first totally new car in 50 years.”
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Object Name
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
overall: 15 in x 8 in x 21 in; 38.1 cm x 20.32 cm x 53.34 cm
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accession number
Road Transportation
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of H. Marian Woerz
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