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Celebrate the Anniversary of the Suitcase with Savings from!

Press release   •   Mar 14, 2012 14:57 GMT

2012 is rolling into a big year for Britain, with both the 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee taking place this summer. With these events there comes enthusiastic tourists from various parts of the globe, but there is another anniversary this year that all tourists will delight in wherever they travel- the 25th  anniversary of the first upright, two-wheeled rolling suitcase!

Reported on the Martha Stewardess website, twenty-five years ago, an American airline pilot, Robert Plath found that he needed a wheeled carry-on bag. So he invented the vertical bag with extendable handle and two wheels in his own garage. The device became popular and spread through the airline pilots, flight attendants and stewards to the travelling customers. This invention became known as the Rollaboard by TravelPro. Before this incredibly convenient discovery, the Chicago Tribune website reported, suitcases were towed horizontally on four wheels with a strap invented in 1970 by Bernard Sadow. Today’s travellers have a lot to be thankful for, without the vertical wheeled suitcase, our lives and suitcases would be rolling much slower, and travelling would probably be a lot squeakier!  

To help you on your travels this year, the UK’s leading sportswear retailer, has a great range of suitcases and wheeled luggage to help get you on your way. Right now you can grab suitcase sets and cabin-friendly suitcases in our sale with up to 50% off selected models. Choose from trusted brands such as Dunlop, No Fear and Karrimor- all available to order online right now.

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Emma Parker