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HALLIBURTON Authentic Original Late 30s Early 40s Scarce 1st Aluminum Suitcase - 1939 Design Patent
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HALLIBURTON Authentic Original Late 30s Early 40s Scarce 1st Aluminum Suitcase - 1939 Design Patent

FOR SALE: An Authentic Vintage 1939 - 1945, at the latest, Extremely Scarce, Original Design, Pre Double Ribbing HALLIBURTON SUITCASE --- Some Halliburton Info & History --

"The original 'Halliburton' aluminum travel cases were handmade for Erle P. Halliburton's personal use in 1938. A globetrotting oil field engineer by trade, Halliburton was often disappointed with luggage that failed to protect his wardrobe and documents when exposed to the harsh conditions of extreme dirt, heat and dust. Drawing upon the engineering knowledge of his staff, Halliburton guided the development of the world's first aluminum cases. These unique cases, equipped with smooth sides and an air-tight sealed gasket kept moisture, dirt and dust out. Friends and business associates soon persuaded Halliburton to make additional cases. As a result, a small factory was opened in Southern California." ----

& More -- "Towards the end of the 1930s, Erle decided to build a better suitcase, one that was light, strong, dust- and damp-proof and with his aircraft connections he had a set knocked up in aluminium. The unique feature and engineer’s touch lay in the lip around the shell: a groove in the base contained a rubber gasket which, when it is clamped tight by the twin latches, forms a dust and humidity-proof seal.

Erle’s simple, functional, industrial-look luggage gained attention and reckoning that there was a market to be found amongst the business fraternity and wealthy travellers, he formed in 1938 the Halliburton Case Company in Burbank, Los Angeles, a stone’s throw from Hollywood. Tinsel town’s glitterati were early converts, including superstar Marlene Dietrich who posed in 1940 with a set of four assorted cases. In 1946, however, the MkII version with distinctive double ribbing for added strength was introduced and the definitive Halliburton had arrived. The ribs were a touch of inspiration and shifted the case from being merely an expensive but bland box into a sleek modernist design that both epitomises its period and transcends it.

Each Halliburton case was crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium, cold-drawn to create two beautifully formed, wrinkle-free shells and then heat-treated, buffed and anodised to improve the strength and durability of the metal before the ‘furniture’ was added: a full-length piano hinge, four alloy feet, two chrome over-centre catches, a three-digit combination lock (there was no lock installed on this one) and a warm-to-the-touch, silver plastic handle."

-------- The Picture of Erle Halliburton Standing In Front Of His Late 1930s Lincoln (note the push button door openers!!) Is From The Active Zero Halliburton Site "Our Heritage" Page & Says "Erle Halliburton with his original Halliburton Case" -- The Case in That Pic is The Same as The One Listed Here --- Also the Pic of the Design Patent No.123,075, 1939, shows The Same Design Pattern On That Case As The One Presented Here --- I Am Not Sure How Common It Was Or How Long It Lasted, Yet This Suitcase Came From The Factory Without A Lock Installed!! --- This Suitcase Measures 21" long by 17" wide by 7 1/2" tall, Excluding Handle, Latches & Feet ---- The Metal Tag Beside The Handle Reads "Halliburton, Des Pat 123,075, Los Angeles"(Design Patent) ---- The Interior Toggle Braces For Hinged Members Read "Presto Lock Corp., NY, Pat. 1,779,281 ---- Although Made of Aluminum & Needing No Treatment Other Than Polishing, This One Has, for Some Reason, Been Painted Grey In & Out -- Leave As Is Or Refurbish to Original?? - Up to You ---- Full Length Piano Hinge is Good -- Toggle Braces That Hold The Lid Open Are Good --- Latches Are Good --- Handle Is Good --- Interior Corner Gussets Are Good --- Rubber Gasket In Sealing Groove Is Good --- Here Is A Scarce Opportunity To Own A Piece of Halliburton Luggage History!!! ----- I Have Not Been Able To find Another Like This One!!!! -- In As Described & Seen, Very Good Pre Owned Vintage Condition --- A Classic Beauty --- Please Look Closely At The Detailed Pic Of This Item ----- asking $3639.00 CAD for this extremely scarce piece of Halliburton Luggage --- located in South Port Alberni, B.C. for viewing & pick up --- shipping, via Canada Post, is available at your expense ---- please visit my online store for many other interesting items -- go to ------ contact Gerry 778.921.2141 via text or phone for more pics & info & to make arrangements ---- thanks for shopping with me!!!!

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