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The Shwayder Brothers Standing on a Samsonite Suitcase, circa 1910

Identifier: B063.01.0001.00018


The five Shwayder brothers stand on a board that is balanced on a Samsonite suitcase to demonstrate the strength of the suitcase. Jesse Shwayder is pictured second from the right. Other Shwayder brothers are: Mark, Maurice, Benjamin and Solomon. The Shwayder brothers owned Shwayder Trunk Company, which later became known as the Samsonite Corporation. The photograph was used to advertise Samsonite luggage.


  • circa 1910

Digital Repository

The Shwayder Brothers Standing on a Samsonite Suitcase

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2 items (photograph)

Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The collection contains materials intentionally assembled by the Ira M. and Peryle Hayutin Beck Memorial Archives of Jews in the Rocky Mountain region. The bulk of the photographs are from or related to various towns in Colorado, but the collection also contains photographs from other states in the western United States.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good 10 x 8 inches black and white


Donated by Samsonite Corporation.


reformatted digital
Title supplied by archivist. ||Appears in ''Images of America: Jewish Denver 1859-1940,'' by Dr. Jeanne Abrams, page 34.

Inscription and Marks

On envelope: "# 160. Shwayder Bros. standing on suitcase." On back of photograph, "#160, The five Shwayder Brothers standing on suitcase to show strength of 'Samson' case 1910. Famous advertising display. Donor Samsonite Corp." Stamp on back of photograph: "Negative Filed at Samsonite Photo Lab." Printers instructions.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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