Bump Bump Bump
You probably don’t remember the days in which people had to physically lift their suitcases. In the air. By the power of their muscles. I know this sounds unbelievable, but it’s true. Suitcases on wheels and trolley bags are actually a pretty new invention. The wheeled suitcase was first patented in 1972 by Bernard Sadow, who was the owner of a company called U.S. Luggage. He managed to sell his invention – which sounded quite silly at first – to Macy’s Department Stores.
Today we credit Mr. Sadow for this invention, although there is evidence that other people (like Polish/Croatian painter Alfred Joseph Krupa) actually invented the wheeled suitcase before him – they just didn’t patent it. A wheeled suitcase is a great invention, but it is annoying if you have to roll it on bumpy pavement. And if your holiday destination is in Europe, you’ll be wheeling it over many bumpy cobblestone streets and lovely but very bumpy squares.