4.07pm, Sunday 12th Feb, Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Afternoon folks, we made it to Toronto in one piece – with trusty ‘big blue’ the super hard shell suitcase that just keeps on keeping on! Here he is on the trolley with my new acquisition – an original USA made aquamarine blue ‘American Tourister’ – steel framed suitcase with chrome and ball bearing twist locks! A classic! And I found it in a thrift store in New Jersey. There was a name on the suitcase – E.H.Knowlton, who turns out to be a native of New Jersey and quite the recognized historical writer. She was born in 1905, travelled and wrote historical accounts of businesses – ‘Pepperell’s progress : History of a cotton textile company’ and ‘The history of the Standard Oil Company in New Jersey’. And now her ‘Tourister’ is in realty safe hands, and will keep traveling.
And at this point, here’s a big THANK YOU to Roberta – who was running the Air Canada check in desk at La Guardia early this morning – who helped me measure up the Tourister and make sure it was OK to take it as carry on luggage. Great service from a really nice gal – thanks again!
And here we are folks, my ride up from New York parked safely, with the snow plough keeping the runway clear. Welcome to Toronto!!