A vintage Mummers suitcase possibly used for costumes or makeup. A very cool piece of Americana. The suitcase is an old vintage board case with Mummers hand painted on each side. The paint is vintage and there is some wear to the case yet it is solid. It piece that came with other Mummers pieces from a house in Philadelphia.
The case is 24" long x 14" wide and 7" deep with a rope handle.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Mummers, here is a history.
The Mummers Parade is held each New Year's Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. It is believed to be the oldest folk festival in the United States.
Local clubs (usually called "New Years Associations") compete in one of four categories (comics, fancies, string bands, and fancy brigades). They prepare elaborate costumes and moveable scenery, which take months to complete. This is done in clubhouses – many of which are on or near 2nd Street (called "Two Street" by some local residents) in the Pennsport neighborhood of the city's South Philadelphia section – which also serve as social gathering places for members.
The parade has been broadcast since 1993 on WPHL-TV, which has live streamed the event on its website since 2011. After a national campaign to get the parade nationally televised, an edited two-hour broadcast of the parade was picked up by WGN America and WGN-TV; the broadcast debuted January 3, 2009.
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Vintage Mummers Suitcase