|The Trunk Makers
This section is devoted to images occasionally found of trunk makers, their shops or factories, and other
related items of interest. Dates given do not indicate when a company or maker started production.
Images made before 1890 on this subject are scarce and it is unfortunately difficult to capture the earlier
Your assistance in preserving their history by providing images and information is welcomed and essential.
Geo Bains & Sons - 402 Market Street,
Philadelphia. The photo probably from the
earlier 1900's. The company itself being
older and previously at another location..
M.M. Secor - Martin Mair Secor (right) was
born as Matej Zika in Strakonice, Bohemia
(the Czech Republic) in February of 1841. He
came to the United States with his parents
around 1851. The Secor Trunk Factory in
Racine Wisconsin was enormous and
produced upwards of 80,000 trunks per year
as well a satchels and other items. Martin
was two time Mayor of Racine in the later
Oshkosh Trunk Factory 1930.
Early Schmit & Co in a
1869 Oshkosh, Wisc.
editorial. The Schmit
Brothers also formed the
Eagle Trunk Factory
Pioneer Trunk Factory
(Perhaps also C.A.Malm)
located in San Fran, this
building has been placed on
the Register of Historic
Frank Holm ran a small private trunk shop in
Davenport, Iowa where he supplied trunks to local
businesses such as Wadsworth Wholesale Dry
Goods Store. Pictured circa 1900.
This A.E. Meek Trunk & Bag Company
retail location was built around 1896. In its
day the walls and isles were loaded with
trunks for shoppers to select from. While
humble amid the skyscrapers in
downtown Denver today, this location
proudly displays its A.E.Meek sign out
front 112 years later.
The A.E. Meek Trunk & Bag Company
factory in Denver built around 1905. Had
to show the carriage out front shaped
like a trunk. Production division was
reorganized in the 1930's into a
company called Atlas Luggage and is
now the Atlas Case Corporation. Aurther
Edmond Meek began his efforts in
1876, I believe in a basement.
While the rare oak slatted Excelsior trunk is
common attributed as being from New
Jersey, the thumbnail photo above is of the
Excelsior Trunk Works in Halifax, England
circa 1890. They became one of England's
largest producer of trunks. Excelsior Lock
Works was located in New Jersey. I find no
relationship between the two. Any further
clarification as to the maker of this important
trunk would be welcomed.
James S. Topham in Washington D.C. made
some great trunks but they were also known
for their leather work among other things.
This saddle and bags was made by Topham
c.1860 and a gift to Franklin Pierce after the
Mexican War. In the early 1900's they secured
a contract to make military trunks and desks
operating under H.W. Topham. Many were
used in WWI. Explains why they kept moving
the retail shop closer to the White House.