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    John Dillinger's Suitcase, Used by the FBI to Ship His Personal Belongings Home to His Family after the Shootout with Police in St. Paul, Minnesota, March 31, 1934, in which Dillinger was Wounded in the Leg. As with Little Bohemia, the FBI seems to have been almost grudgingly sympathetic to Dillinger's family, taking great care to see that his personal effects were returned to them (and in many cases to Dillinger himself on his visits to the Mooresville, Ind. family home). The suitcase is constructed of heavy, stiff fiberboard, 13" x 28" x 7.5" with heavy leather corners and nickeled metal furniture. There are two snaps, a clasp lock and two leather straps for closure. The straps are marked "Schwayden/ Denver" and the snaps marked "Schwayden/ Denver/ Detroit". The original black paper label inside the suitcase is embossed in gilt, "Genuine Samson Luggage/ Schwayden Trunk/ Mfg. Co./ Denver, Colo./ Detroit, Mich." with leather straps inside the suitcase as well. The suitcase handle is missing, else excellent sound condition.

    Affixed to the top of the suitcase is a 1.5" x 3.75" typed paper label, "Federal Bureau of Investigation/ U. S. Department of Justice/ 232 Uptown Station/ P. O. and Federal Courts Building/ St. Paul, Minnesota", obviously the return address label. Somewhat darkened with age but fully legible. The original address label is still affixed, but darkened with age with some chips, with only a few letters legible. Accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance and lineage from Frances Helen Thompson (Dillinger). Another fascinating Dillinger artifact, that doubtless spent time accompanying Dillinger during his nomadic crime spree.

    For more information on the history of this Dillinger lot, please click here.


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    December, 2009
    12th Saturday
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