Henry Thurston Clark trunk, ca. 1872Item 16825 info
Maine Historical Society
Henry T. Clark, General Baggage Agent of the European and North American Railway, was determined to prove that checked baggage could be sent quickly and efficiently from one side of the country to the other.
So he packed a small hand trunk with a canteen of Atlantic Ocean water, a bottle of Halifax brandy, a railroad timetable, letters, and newspapers, and sent it on its way.