My recent trip to Kalk bay yielded some really gorgeous vintage finds. Amongst them was this cute little vanity case. Perfectly intact with its original travel stickers on it and all. It’s a pretty little gem, with a burgundy vinyl cover and a lovely geometric paper lining. The lid has a gold monogrammed R on it along with another old sticker which would indicate that the owner of the case had stayed at the Wilderness Hotel at some point, many moons ago.
Seems that the sticker on the side of the case was probably pasted on when it sailed onboard the Portuguese cruise ship “Infante Dom Henrique” (part of the Companhia Colonial de Navegacao fleet). The “Infante Dom Henrique” operated between 1961 – 1975 during which time she sailed on services to Portugal’s colonies (Beira in Mozambique). Probably stopping in Cape Town enroute. Sadly there isn’t a date stamp on it, nor a passenger name. None the less I am sure this little burgundy case has seen lots of exciting things in its day. Which brings me to the gorgeous vintage travel posters. I have always had a soft spot for them, and it seem appropriate to post some gorgeous examples now.
All posters are from here