Illustration Friday: Packed


I decided to offer a selection of famous luggage for this week’s Illustration Friday topic, “Packed”. (If some seem obscure, it was going to be called “Literary Luggage”, but one is from a movie).

Literary luggage is often very revealing of characters, more so than real luggage (I hope). It is an object lesson, a key to personality, sometimes an aid or extension of it. Some luggage is simply a reflection of a character’s position: Anne Shirley’s “very old carpetbag”; the Grand Sophy’s piles of luggage. Even then it can reveal personality: Anne’s cheerful, fragile optimism; the avalanche of Sophy’s character.

Sometimes it encapsulates personality and interests: Larry Durrell’s trunks of books and briefcase with spare clothes; the Children of Cherry Tree Farm’s selections for their traveling trunk.

But almost always it contains magic: bags of tricks and mysteries, promises and possibilities, lists bare of verbs to be populated by the imagination with the bizarre and enlightening and hilarious.

13 thoughts on “Illustration Friday: Packed

  1. ‘Tis a puzzlement, all right. I can work out some of them, but for the nonce I don’t see the connection between “honey”, “hatstand”, or “caterpillars” to luggage. I have a feeling I should know the caterpillar reference, too.

  2. I’ll give it a bit longer, then put the answers up.

    The movie is on the bottom row (though the hatstand and caterpillars have also made it into movies). The caterpillars are nonfiction. The honey is a poem.

  3. Actually, it’s been a while since I read the book with the hatstand in it, but the hatstand is definitely in the movie/stage production.

  4. I love this idea for the theme “packed.” It makes me want to go get lost in a book!
    Nice colorful illustrations too!
    Hey, you should check out if you like literary illustrations.

    And thanks so very much for your kind comment!


  5. Hmm, very tricky especially for those of us with fuzzy book memories where characters randomly swop book homes.

    I have no idea on the honey beyond that lover of honey Winnie the Pooh :)

    Doesn’t Mary Poppins have a hatstand in her luggage?

    Gerald Durrell for the caterpillars? (baby scorpions would have been cuter though…)

    Dear little feet sparks a slight memory but igneous rocks not at all.

    The swinging vase is cousin Helen’s I think.

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