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Luggage Label - Astor House Hotel, Shanghai

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Luggage Label - Astor House Hotel, Shanghai (1930's)

4" x 6"

Vintage original luggage label issued by the Astor House Hotel, Shanghai, in the 1910s. Opened in 1846 on the North Bund, the hotel was a landmark in the Hongkou District and the centre of foreign social life. 



Dan Sweeney

Born in Sacremento, California, Dan Sweeney (1880-1958) was an American illustrator best known for a series of luggage labels he designed for hotels in the Far East owned by Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels in the late 1920s and 1930s. Luggage labels designed by Sweeney often incorporated careful and beautifully drawn images of the local people from the hotel destination, be it Hong Kong, Hanoi, Shanghai, Peking, or Manila.


Luggage labels by Sweeney are today highly sought after by collectors.