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.”

Date Made: 1948

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of H. Marian Woerz

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2009.0125.01Catalog Number: 2009.0125.01Accession Number: 2009.0125

Object Name: suitcase

Physical Description: leather (overall material)Measurements: overall: 20 in x 9 in x 24 in; 50.8 cm x 22.86 cm x 60.96 cmoverall: 19 in x 24 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in; 48.26 cm x 62.5475 cm x 20.955 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-a247-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1416693

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