The Descriptive Finding Guide for the Global Airline Luggage Labels Special Collection SDASM.SC.10003

Finding aid prepared by Cindy Chen
San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA, 92101
(619) 234-8291

Title: Airline Luggage Label Special Collection
Identifier/Call Number: SDASM.SC.10003
Contributing Institution: San Diego Air and Space Museum Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.2 Cubic feet 3 binders
Date (inclusive): 1920-1960
Abstract: This collection contains luggage labels from a variety of global airlines. The majority of the labels date from before World War II.
Language of Materials note: English

Biographical/Historical note

Interesting design and oftentimes colorful airline labels were in abundance in the golden age of air travel, and their function extended to displaying and conveying the glamour of air travel. It also highlighted those who could partake in the as yet exclusive lifestyle of traveling by air. The labels themselves, small “works of art,” also doubled as airline advertisement, and the popularity of these labels were at a peak in the 1920s up to WWII. After WWII, traveling by air became much more economical, and the appeal and glamour of air travel all but disappeared. For example, in Britain during the war, most airlines became part of the military, when the focus on colorful labels also disappeared. As airlines and routes developed, the use of labels/tags became more utilitarian and focused on tracking and identification. Today, collecting labels is a hobby that started in the 1930s.

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some copyright may be reserved. Consult with the library director for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Acquired by museum before 1978 fire; original donor name lost.

Scope and Contents note

This series contains various airline luggage labels and related stickers and baggage tags from international locations, including: North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe.

Preferred Citation note

[Item], [Collection], Archives, San Diego Air & Space Museum

Related Archival Materials note

Airline Special Collection

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Deutsche Lufthansa (1593-).
KLM (Airline).
Pan American Airways Corporation.
Concorde (Jet transports)
Graf Zeppelin (Airship)


Box 01 Binder – Luggage Labels: United States, Asia, Africa, Canada, Mexico, South America, Australia

Physical Description: 1. Airplane-shaped sticker, American Airlines 2. Pan Am, “passenger baggage” 3. Bonanza Airlines, “BonanzaLand U.S.A.” 4. Allegheny, “Airline of the Executives” 5. Alaska Airlines 6. United Airlines 7. American Airlines 8. Robertson “Mail, passenger, express” 9. Stout Airlines 10. Standard Airlines 11. Central Airlines 12. Maddux Air Lines 13. Transcontinental Air Transport, Inc. 14. Chicago and Southern Airlines 15. Embry-Riddle “Airmail contractors” 16. Wedell-Williams Airlines (Baton Rouge-Houston, San Antonio-Beaumont) 17. NAT (National Air Transport, air mail) 18. Chicago and Southern Airlines 19. Rapid Air Transport Inc. “safe scenic swift service” 20. Florida Airways 21. Bowen Air Lines 22. Pittsburgh Airways Inc. 23. “Join the Battle for Britain,” Air Florida 24. Dixie Flying Service “by air to the South” 25. Universal Air Lines System 26. Otto Airlines “route of the stateliner” 27. Tours, Inc. (Grand Canyon, Boulder Dam) 28. Boston Maine-Central Vermont Airways 29. West Coast Air Transport Corp. 30. “Special Christmas Flight C.A.M. 30, Dec. 25, 1929,” Interstate Airlines, Inc. 31. Braniff International Airways 32. I.A.F. 33. Pennsylvania Airlines, Inc. (Akron, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington) 34. Varney Speed Lines 35. Mid-Continent Airlines 36. Pacific Seaboard Air Lines Inc. (mail, passenger, express) 37. Bowen Lines 38. General Air Express “nation-wide coverage, door-to-door service” 39. General Air Express (The Interline System) 40. Trans-American Airlines Corp. 41. Consolidated Airlines 42. “Do the ‘Bahama Hop’ Air Florida 43. Wilmington Catalina Airline, LTD. (Catalina Island, CA) 44. Colonial Airways System (mail, passenger, express) 45. NPA Airways Inc. (Utah, Idaho, Montana) 46. Licon Airways Inc. (freight) 47. Gorst Air Transport, Inc. “carried by AirFerry,” (Seattle-Bremerton) 48. Boeing System 49. Wyoming Air Service, Inc. 50. Pickwick Airways 51. Hanford Air Lines (U.S. Air Mail) 52. Century Pacific Lines “frequent daily schedules” 53. Cardiff and Peacock Airlines Ltd. “serving the San Joaquin Valley” 54. Gilpin Airlines (Los Angeles, Agua Caliente, Long Beach, San Diego) 55. The Ludington Line (New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington) 56. Martz Airlines (Wilkes-Barre, PA) 57. TWA (Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc. 58. M.A.T. 59. PAA (Pan American Airways System) 60. Panagra 61. New York Airways 62. Customs sticker, Pan American 63. Piarco Guest House, Pan American 64. Western Air Express 65. 25th Anniversary, 1951, Western Air Lines 66. Delta Airlines 67. Delta Air Freight 68. Concorde Braniff International “The only U.S. airline to fly Concorde” 69. Assorted, small 1” Delta 70. Eastern Air Lines 71. TTA (Trans-Texas Airways) 72. FAL (Frontier Airlines) 73. All American Airways 74. Munz Air Service 75. Ozark Air Lines 76. Lake Central Airlines “serving the Lake region and the Middle West” 77. Mohawk jets 20th Anniversary year, 1945-1965 78. North Central Airlines 79. Northwest Airlines 80. National Airlines, “New York to Amsterdam starting Dec. 13” 81. Capital Airlines 82. Republic Airlines 83. Hughes Airwest “top banana in the West” 84. Pennsylvania Central Airlines 85. Southern Airways 86. W.A.E. (Western Air Express) 87. Continental Airlines 88. Aloha Airlines 89. Alaska Washington Airways 90. Scenic Airlines “Grand Canyon experience air tour” 91. Alaska Coastal Airlines 92. Cordova Airlines (Anchorage, Alaska) 93. TCA (Trans Caribbean Airways), (Caribbean islands and South America) 94. Pacific Northern Airlines “The Alaska flag line” 95. Caribair “the route of the Trade Winds” 96. Pacific Western Airlines “air freight” 97. Railway Express Agency Inc., via Air Express 98. General Air Express 99. “1933 National Air Races July 1*2*3*4” Los Angeles Municipal Airport 100. “National Air Races Cleveland 1932” 101. Fokker 102. Northrop 103. Dornier (utility, commuter aircraft) 104. Grand Central Air Terminal, Curtiss Wright Flying Service (Glendale, Los Angeles) 105. Sabena “Go Belgian” 106. “Miami All-American Air Races Jan. 5, 6, 7” 107. TransAmerican Airlines Corp. 108. Air Canada 109. Alaska Cruise Lines Ltd. 110. JAL 111. Pan American World Airways (Australia) 112. Inland Air Lines 113. Brown Palace Hotel “Where the world registers” (Denver) 114. Northwest Orient 115. McDonnell Douglas “The Wide One” 116. Southwest Airlines (San Diego reservations and information) 117. Baggage Identification-National Airlines 118. Baggage Identification-Northwest Orient 119. Baggage Identification-American Airlines 120. Baggage Identification-United 121. Baggage Identification-Allegheny 122. Baggage Identification-Aspen Airways, Inc. 123. Baggage Identification-Reeve Aleutian Airways, Inc. 124. Baggage Identification-Ozark Air Lines 125. Baggage Identification-British Caledonian 126. Baggage Identification-Air Florida 127. Baggage Identification-Lufthansa 128. Baggage Identification-KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 129. Baggage Identification-British Midland 130. Baggage Identification-Southern 131. Baggage Identification-Aer Lingus 132. Baggage Identification-TAP 133. Baggage Identification-Pan American 134. Baggage Identification-Piedmont 135. Baggage Identification-Wien Air Alaska, Inc. 136. Baggage Identification-Olympic Airways 137. Baggage Identification-Air New Zealand 138. Baggage Identification-Bonanza Air Lines 139. Baggage Identification-Aloha 140. Baggage Identification-Cyprus Airways 141. Baggage Identification-various foreign 142. Pan American (Mexico) 143. Trans-Canada Air Lines 144. Yukon Southern Air Transport Ltd. 145. Mackenzie Air Service 146. Laurentian Air Services Ltd. (Ottawa) 147. Canadian Airways Limited 148. Maritime Central Airways (Canada) 149. Canadian Pacific 150. Pacific Western Airlines 151. Air Canada 152. British South American Airways 153. Per Guinea Airways Limited 154. Varig Airlines (Brazil) 155. Syndicato Condor (Brazil) 156. Quantas (Australia) 157. Quantas Air Express (Australia) 158. Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd. (Brisbane, Longreach, Charleville, Cloncurry) 159. Air India 160. Union of Burma Airways 161. Avianca 162. Iberia Airlines of Spain 163. Holden’s Air Transport Services Ltd. (Salamaua New Guinea) 164. Eastern Air Freight (Latin America) 165. Stewart Island Air Services 166. Finnair 167. Sabena Belgian World Airlines 168. TACA (Central America) 169. Curtiss (Cuba) 170. Antilles Air Boats (Virgin Islands) 171. (JAL) Japan Airlines 172. MAS (Malaysian Airline System) 173. Singapore Airlines 174. Indonesian Airways (Air freight) 175. China Airlines 176. MEA (Middle East Airlines) 177. Phillipine Aerial Taxi Co. (Manila-Baguio Air Line) 178. Cathay Oriental Jet Flight 179. China National Aviation Corp. 180. South African Airways 181. Ansett (Australia) 182. Ethiopian Airlines 183. East African Airways 184. Air Ceylon 185. Nord Africa Aviazione 186. Polynesian Airlines Limited 187. Gulfair 188. PIA 189. Air Laos 190. East Coast Airways Limited (Gisborne-Napier) 191. Cook Strait Airways Limited 192. New England Airways (Sydney, Lismore, Brisbane) 193. Lloyd Aereo Boliviano, S.A. 194. AA (Aerolineas Argentinas) 195. Eyre Peninsula Airways Ltd. (Adelaide) 196. LAB “daily to South America” 197. Real Airlines of South America 198. Vasp Brazilian Airlines 199. Linea Aerea Nacional Chile 200. Linea Aeropostal Venezolana “The Venezuelan Airline” 201. SCADTA (Columbia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru) 202. Union Airways Ltd. 203. Cathay Pacific 204. Haj 205. Atlantic Gulf 206. CAT (Civil Air Transport—Orient) 207. NEAL (Sydney, Lismore, Brisbane,) 208. Nigeria Airways 209. TDA Cargo 210. Eurasia Aviation Corp. 211. Misr Egyptian Airlines 212. Indian National Airways 213. Air Orient 214. C.N.A.C. 215. American Airlines 216. Aerovias (Brasil) 217. PLUNA “Primeras Lineas Uruguayas de Navegacion Aerea” 218. Guest “Aerovias Mexico” 219. Prinair 220. Malayan Airways 221. Wilson Airways Limited (Nairobi Kenya Colony) 222. BOAC Overseas Airways Corporation

Box 02 Binder – Luggage Labels: Airline Labels: Europe and Air Bus Douglas

Physical Description: 1. El Al Israel Airlines 2. Cyprus Airways (freight) 3. Various series shaped airline labels 4. Finnair 5. LAI (Linee Aeree Italiane) 6. “Skytruck” Italian Cargo Airlines 7. MALEV Hungarian Air Transport 8. Scandinavian Air Express 9. Iberia Lineas Aereas Espanolas 10. A-B Aerotransport 11. Norske Luftruter 12. Sabena Belgian Air Lines 13. Deruluft (Soviet-German airline) 14. Aeroput 15. CSA (Czechoslovak Airlines) 16. LOT (Polish Airlines) 17. Olympic Airways (London-Athens) 18. Icelandair 19. Deutsche Lufthansa A.G. 20. Luftschiffbau Zeppelin G.M.B.H. 21. Lufthansa Flugschiff D.O.X. 22. Fokker 23. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines 24. ABA Swedish Air Lines 25. Dornier 26. Hapag-Lloyd Flug 27. Tyrolean Airways (Innsbruck, Austria) 28. LTU International Airlines 29. KNILM Royal Netherlands Indies’ Airways 30. Imperial Airways 31. Handlery Page Transport Ltd. (Paris-London) 32. Guernsey Airlines 33. Air France 34. Farman Air Lines 35. British United Airways 36. Cargolux 37. British Eagle 38. Eagle Airways 39. Boeing 757 40. Aer Lingus Irish Air Lines 41. Lockheed L-1011 Dash 500 42. SwissAir 43. ALA Littoria S.A. (Roma) 44. RhineAir 45. Interflug, various 46. CrossAir 47. SISA Societa Italiana Servizi Aerei 48. DDL Det Danske Luftfartselskab 49. Hillman’s Airways (Essex, England) 50. Aberdeen Airways 51. Hunting Air Transport Ltd. (Safari Service U.K. to East Africa) 52. Highland Airways Ltd. Inverness Orkney Air Service 53. Great Western and Southern Airlines Ltd. 54. Scottish Airways Ltd. 55. Northern & Scottish Airways Ltd. 56. Aquila Airways Ltd. 57. Jersey Airways Limited (London, Jersey, Paris) 58. Crilly Airways Ltd. 59. Irish International Airlines 60. Provincial Airways 61. Large oval, A300, various airlines