Tucker Luggage, 1948

Tucker Luggage, 1948

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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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date made
Physical Description
leather (overall material)
overall: 20 in x 9 in x 24 in; 50.8 cm x 22.86 cm x 60.96 cm
overall: 19 in x 24 5/8 in x 8 1/4 in; 48.26 cm x 62.5475 cm x 20.955 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of H. Marian Woerz
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National Museum of American History
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My husband was a collector of Tucker car memorabilia. Years ago I bought a promotional suitcase with the box which Tucker is printed on the box. I bought the suitcase from a person in Nevada. Her father had past. She heard of the car growing up but did not know of the Tucker car suitcase until she was cleaning out her fathers garage and came upon the Tucker box with the suitcase inside. The suitcase has a little different color than what I see on your site. Wondering why?
Beautiful luggage, Eva! Perhaps the reason this luggage isn't quite the same colour as some you have seen, is because I saw a video of the Tucker car, ( with the 2 great grandsons of Preston Tucker). In this video, was an immaculate butterscotch gold car, and they showed the luggage compartment with luggage in it, to match the car exactly. Perhaps the luggage you have, was made for another shade of car!

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