Steamer Trunk

Steamer Trunk

Black trunk made from wood and covered with black metal

Corners are reinforced with metal gussets and edges are reinforced with metal strips riveted in place. Trunk is hinged to open vertically rather than the more common method of lid lifting up from bottom piece. Leather strap is on top side and held in place by metal keepers riveted. Bottom side has metal knobs for feet. Series of four hinges are spaced equidistant along height of the trunk. Brass catches and brass hasp-type hinged lock. Proper left side of trunk has travel sticker 'Ga**neau Hotel Juneau Alaska." Front side (side with lock) has "White Pass & Yukon Route ", "Best in the North, Golden North Hotel, Skagway, Alaska." stickers. Also on the front side is a manufacturer's name plate riveted below the metal trim, "The Oshkosh Trunk Company, Oshkosh Wisconsin. Trade mark." The top of the trunk has a torn travel sticker, "Gastineau*** Jun***." Next to the metal trim on the PR side is a metal plate with patent numbers and dates from May 6, 1913 to May 22, 1923 and "Oshkosh Trunk Company." Interior of trunk has a series of 5 drawers in PR side and on PL side is an open frame enclosing several hangers hanging from metal rods on each end. Also a small case is located in the bottom of trunk on PL side.

Turn of the century luggage. Travel trunks of this era were built with drawers for folded clothes and a hanging section for garments that would crease. This particular trunk belonged to the Stenbraten Family, and as such, was probably in frequent use.

John O. "Stampede" Stenbraten was a noted Yukon prospector between the years 1904 to 1960. He was nicknamed "Stampede" John because he supposedly took part in nearly every mining rush in the Yukon and Alaska. It is said that he even went into Siberia during those years, and thus earning his nickname. Mr. Stenbraten predeceased his wife Doris McMurphy Stenbraten who was a long-time Yukon English teacher. She died on July 18, 1999 after a life of hardships that accompanied the prospector life. She donated her truck to the museum. The piece of luggage was useful in the early days. As she had to travel often the trunk could serve as a chest of drawers before she had acquired more permanent furniture.


Yukon Transportation Museum, Whitehorse

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