Vintage Samsonite luggage and prices can be found on eBay.

Even though they are synonymous with strength and durability, they still manage to maintain an air of elegance and luxury that other luggage brands have not been able to match.

The Samsonite Corporation has survived adversity after adversity, and when weakened, they built themselves back up, becoming stronger than ever.As a brand, they have survived two major recessions, the 1929–1933 Great Depression and the 2007-2009 Great Recession, as well as world wars.

There are few companies that can match the quality of the Samsonite brand of travel bags, suitcases, and trunks.

Before it became a family business and a globally recognized corporation, Samsonite was started by just one man.

On the 10th of March, 1910, Jesse Shwayder founded the company.The Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company was started to compete with the market by producing high quality, durable goods.Shwayder knew that he wouldn't be able to compete on price.He charged a premium for his wears because he aimed his targets at the higher end of the market.

Shwayder named one of his initial lines of cases after a biblical strongman.

Shwayder worked for 30 years to perfect his Samson line, making them even more durable, and in 1939 he introduced his new vulcanized fiber model to the world, the Samsonite.

In 1941, the company trademarked the phrase "Samsonite" as this new suitcase began to grow in popularity.In 1965, the popularity of the Samsonite line of suitcases grew so much, that it became their best seller, and that's when the company decided to change their name.

Three years after Jesse Shawayder's death in 1970, the family owned business became Samsonite Corporation.

The Beatrice Foods Company, an American based food processing company, initially purchased the business, and allowed them to operate relatively independent of them, while backing them financially.

In 1986, the international food operations of the Beatrice Foods Company were sold to one of America's richest African-Americans, and the majority of their domestic brands, including Samsonite, were bought by a global investment firm.

Over the course of the next 30 years, the ownership of Samsonite would change several times, bringing with it many highs and lows.

There are many pieces of luggage that are sought after.It is hard to find a piece in pristine condition with most units having stained, worn, or torn fabrics.

Even so, whether its for sentimental reasons or historical value, Samsonites in various conditions and models are still being sought after.

There are more examples of vintage luggage in our Vintage Luggage Bags and Their Values article.

Like many other well known and trusted brands, Samsonite luggage could net you some extra cash.You might surprise yourself if you find one in your attic or garage and have it evaluated.

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