Ray Cross

Norwich, NY

#1 Aug 29, 2010
My son found a pickard trunk date on metal tag said 28-31. It is in very good condition.
I was wondering how it was attached to the car, it has no straps
It has handles (I think) on each end, l locking clasp in front.
Can you give me any information on this trunk
Thank you. Ray
Maple

Rochester, NY

#2 Sep 1, 2010
Email Bill Pickard. His grandfather started the company.

bpickard@ohiohistory.org
bill pickard

Columbus, OH

#3 Sep 1, 2010
Hi Ray and Maple,
The auto trunks were typically attached to the mounting platform on the automobile with belts that went through large horizontally placed staple-shaped lugs/brackets that were attached with rivets, usually two to an end. Even if the lugs are missing the mounting holes will still be there. The handles were made of stiched layers of leather with spade-shaped ends and attached with lighter weight brackets mounted vertically. It might be that your trunk was manufactured as luggage and not intended to be used as an auto trunk. Besides auto trunks they made various sized luggage components as well as doctors bags, auto tool kits, camping kits and radio cabinets among other items. Before they moved to Livonia in 1928 or 29 they were located in Dansville went by the name Dansville Trunk Corporation and in 1927 (I think) produced about 20,000 items. They moved to Livonia because a larger facility was available. As far as the numbers on the tag I don't think I have ever seen that. Could you send a couple of images of the trunk and the tag to me at bpickard@ohiohistory.org.
Thanks for your inquiry. I have located Pickard trunks in Illinois, Vermont, Ohio, N Carolina, Caliornia, Texas and Berlin Germany of all places.
Bill Pickard

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