Hotels in my luggage
«Show me your luggage and I’ll tell you who you are.» > Louis Vuitton
The selection of labels that we here seek to expose shows just a little sample of the collection of Portuguese hotels luggage tags that are currently part of the collection of the Documentation Center of the Celestino Domingues Library (ESHTE), one of the providers supplying the contents of the Virtual Museum of Tourism (MUVITUR).
The trip through some of the twentieth century Portuguese hotels through the luggage tags facilitates the perception of the spirit of the travel experience. This exhibition allows us to travel through the promotional imagery that often adorned the luggage of those who enjoyed their stays in some of today recognized hotel establishments (and others that already changed or disappeared). These were unquestionably used as a symbolic reminder and an illustration element for the visitors narrative of the story of the journey.
These stickers were produced in varying sizes, colors, shapes and styles, and were applied specially to the tourists suitcases, by themselves or the hotel staff, and were therefore part of the ritual of the traveler and the advertising strategy of hotel promoters.