Our History

Mr. C.T. Wilson

Founder 1919

Wilson King

C.T. Wilson passed his business down to his grandsons Wilson King and Lofton King in 1932 where they operated the Tampa Pinensular Trunk Factory at 214 E. Cass St. Tampa, Florida

Lofton King & Wilson King

Featured in this Photo from The Tampa Tribune news article "Broken Baggage Business" circa March 29th, 1964. From Left to Right: Lofton King and Wilson King 

Robert N. King Sr.

At the age of 22 Bob King took over the family business at the invitation of his father Wilson King. Nearly 50 years later you have Luggage Service, still family owned and operated. 

Locations Trough The Years

Since 1919 Family Owned and Operated

C.T. Wilson, opened Tampa-Peninsular Trunk Factory in downtown Tampa, Florida in August of 1919 located at 1211 N. Franklin St.

C.T. Wilson, Jackson St. Store Tampa, Florida September 15th, 1911

At the dawn of the twentieth century people were traveling most frequently by steam liners and railroad cars. They used heavy trunks made from wood, metal, leather, canvas and linen.


C.T. Wilson inside of His Shop on 1211 N. Franklin St. Tampa, Fl in 1919

At the Tampa Peninsular Trunk Factory, we repaired trunks and produced them. Over the years, the shop also sold vegetables. We moved from Jackson Street to 1211 N. Franklin Street in 1919. 

We then moved to 214 E. Cass Street. From there we moved to 1001 N. Franklin Street before relocating to our present location at 4121 N. Nebraska Ave. as Luggage Service Inc.

1930's

214 E. Cass St. Tampa, Florida


1960's

1001 N. Franklin St., Tampa Pinensular Trunk Factory circa 1967

As times changed our modes and style of travel did also. People were traveling by train, bus and airline. Wilson and Loftus did the work for Atlantic Coastline and Seaboard Railroad Systems, Tamiami Trail Ways Bus Co and the Southeastern work for the Airlines.

Here you see vintage images of our shop from this era.


Stock Room 1967


1970's

Construction of Atlanta, Georgia Location. Operated from 1975 until 2006. Presently Closed.


Our Current Location Under Constructon in the 1970's


This is how we used to look in the beginning at 4121 N. Nebraska Avenue.


2017

4121 N. Nebraska Ave Tampa, Florida 33612


In Loving Memory of Jean Long

Jean was instrumental in the history of our company and is surely missed.


Jean Long ran the Atlanta location from 1975 until her passing on August 30th, 1992.


Jean & Bob


We hope you have enjoyed our history and help us to continue long into the future. -LS

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