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Footlockers of Forever Ago

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Hey, Footlocker Fans!

Camp trunks go by many names. We call them footlockers, trunks, strongboxes, chests, cases—whatever you prefer! Perfect storage for camp gear, toys, out-of-season clothing, or holiday decorations, footlockers offer a secure means of safekeeping for valuables and keepsakes. They’ve been used for a wide array of purposes throughout their existence.

I wrote about the history of camp trunks a number of years back, but that post focused chiefly on American trunks for the 1600s forward. On today’s post, however, we’re going to peel back the layers of time to see how trunks were used in the Dark Ages.

While we cover our trunks, made of Birch Plywood with steel, trunks of the 16th and 17th centuries were covered in cowhide or the skin of another animal. Before that, the trunks of an earlier period typically wore their varnished or stained wood right on the outside! Trunks were typically finished with brass or iron hardware. And, on rare occasions, trunks would be ornamented with embossed or engraved gold.

The size of a trunk can vary a little or a lot. Treasure chests of an older world could be as big as a Graduate Trunk from Everything Summer Camp or as small as one of our Packing Cubes and they were fairly common for storing and transporting large amounts of riches.

Pirates are known for coming into ownership of these treasure chests by means that were either lucky or criminal and burying them. “X” marks the spot! However, more often than not, pirates never buried their treasure. There’s actually only one pirate who was known for burying his treasure: William Kidd. And his strategy was simply popularized by fictional tales such as ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Trunks sure have changed their material, appearance, size, and use throughout the ages. At Everything Summer Camp, we know trunks are always changing and we’re thrilled to be a part of the change with our innovative Designer Trunk constructions that feature quality prints of illustrations and patterns across the entire trunk! And, though we don’t fill our trunks with treasure, we know they’re built to be treasured for many years to come! Check out all the camp trunks we have available and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John


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