Louis Vuitton releases pictures of their luggage in the 20th century

Seeing the world in style! Golden era of travel innovation is showcased in stunning photography book featuring images of hot air balloons, space shuttles and VERY chic passengers

  • Extraordinary Voyages, by Francesca Matteoli for Louis Vuitton, shines a light on history of travel 
  • Photographs show very glamourous women hop out of taxis, planes and trains with Louis Vuitton luggage 
  • The pictures also take a look at the innovations in the field of luxury and aviation at the turn of the century
  • From the hot air balloon to the space shuttle, a new book celebrates the golden era of travel innovation. 

    Extraordinary Voyages, by Francisca Matteoli, tells 50 extraordinary stories of travel from around the world in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, covering a dizzying range of transport, from motorcycles to cruise liners.

    The period heralded a time of innovation, exploration and the beginning of the democratisation of travel. 

    Distant lands were no longer only accessible to the upper classes and adventurers, the ‘ordinary’ people eager to see the world could now travel by boat, train, plane and car. 

    The book has been produced in collaboration with French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton, and many of the photographs capture the stylish travellers with the distinctive LV monogrammed luggage in tow.

    Founded in Paris in 1854, Louis Vuitton started as a trunk maker and has enjoyed a rich and diverse history. Now it is a leading fashion and accessories brand coveted by millions around the world. 

    Extraordinary Voyages is brought to life with more than 300 historical photographs and ephemera from Louis Vuitton’s official archives, from luggage tags to inventions.  

    Here, FEMAIL shares a selection of just some of the beautiful images…  

    Pioneer! The American actress and aviatrix, Miss Elinor Blevins, in front of her race car, in Washington, D.C in 1915. It is one of the stunning images featured in the stunning photo book Extraordinary Voyages, by Francesca Matteoli for Louis Vuitton

    Pioneer! The American actress and aviatrix, Miss Elinor Blevins, in front of her race car, in Washington, D.C in 1915. It is one of the stunning images featured in the stunning photo book Extraordinary Voyages, by Francesca Matteoli for Louis Vuitton

    All aboard! An elegant woman boards a train in Europe in the 1960s with a stack of Louis Vuitton monogrammed luggage

    All aboard! An elegant woman boards a train in Europe in the 1960s with a stack of Louis Vuitton monogrammed luggage

    Up, up and away! Photographer Thérèse Bonney snapped this photo of a woman in front of an Imperial Airways London flight in 1927

    Up, up and away! Photographer Thérèse Bonney snapped this photo of a woman in front of an Imperial Airways London flight in 1927

    Sailing the seven seas! Passengers in swimwear luxuriate on board the SS Rex, a transatlantic ocean liner, in 1934

    Sailing the seven seas! Passengers in swimwear luxuriate on board the SS Rex, a transatlantic ocean liner, in 1934

    Into the unknown: group of tourists relax and soak in the sun and take in the amazing views onboard a cruise in the Norwegian fjords in the 1930s

    Into the unknown: group of tourists relax and soak in the sun and take in the amazing views onboard a cruise in the Norwegian fjords in the 1930s

    Luxury travel: A French Lines shipping company luggage tag, from 1920¿30, which would have been added to bags

    Luxury travel: A French Lines shipping company luggage tag, from 1920–30, which would have been added to bags

    Seeing the world: A car belonging to French journalist Jean du Taillis, complete with a Louis Vuitton luggage trunk, is loaded onto an improvised ferry bound for Djerba in southern Tunisia, in 1932

    Seeing the world: A car belonging to French journalist Jean du Taillis, complete with a Louis Vuitton luggage trunk, is loaded onto an improvised ferry bound for Djerba in southern Tunisia, in 1932

    Historic: The LZ 129 Hindenburg airship lands after a first test flight in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in May 1936

    Historic: The LZ 129 Hindenburg airship lands after a first test flight in Friedrichshafen, Germany, in May 1936 

    Invention: A man operating the Vuitton II, a flying device with two propellers, designed by Jean and Pierre Vuitton, circa 1910

    Invention: A man operating the Vuitton II, a flying device with two propellers, designed by Jean and Pierre Vuitton, circa 1910

    Around the world air travel: A Dewoitine D.338 flies over Europe to Hong Kong in the 1930s

    Around the world air travel: A Dewoitine D.338 flies over Europe to Hong Kong in the 1930s

    Extraordinary Voyages, by Francisca Matteoli for Louis Vuitton, is published by Abram Books in the UK, £55

    Extraordinary Voyages, by Francisca Matteoli for Louis Vuitton, is published by Abram Books in the UK, £55