Vintage Notre Dame University Student Leather Suitcase

Vintage Notre Dame University Student Leather Suitcase
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Looking through a bunch of miscellaneous old, junky items at a large church sale, this awesome suitcase caught my eye! It’s no secret that Notre Dame University is one of America’s most prestigious colleges and has a big alumni and fan base because of its history. I could tell this suitcase was used as a book bag by a Notre Dame student many years ago. There were several old university stickers as well as a small, hand written tag saying, “Shoes, Boots, Books”. The wear and character beautifully told the history it had been through! I waited for a while for it to sell at this price, but I knew with the following that Notre Dame has, the right buyer would eventually find it! It ended up going to a woman in California who bought it for her son who was headed off to Notre Dame! I was honored to help it continue its journey through life!

• Found At: Church Sale in Michigan

• Purchased For: $3

• Value: Sold for $225 (August, 2012)

See item listing here.

A Little History Lesson: The University of Notre Dame began late on the bitterly cold afternoon of November 26, 1842, when a 28-year-old French priest, Rev. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., and seven companions, all of them members of the recently established Congregation of Holy Cross, took possession of 524 snow-covered acres that the Bishop of Vincennes had given them in the Indiana mission fields. A man of lively imagination, Father Sorin named his fledgling school in honor of Our Lady, in his native tongue, “L’Université de Notre Dame du Lac” (The University of Our Lady of the Lake). On January 15, 1844, the University was thus officially chartered by the Indiana legislature. (Source:

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