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Airline amenity kits good enough to collect

A Pan Am World Airways amenity kit from the 1960s. “The President Special” was the name given to the airline’s first class service on several high-profile international routes.

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Beyond the toothbrush: Airline amenity kits to covet and collect

Branded airline amenity kits filled with travel-sized personal care items have been handed out to business and/or first-class passengers on long commercial flights since at least the 1950s, according to the SFO Museum at San Francisco International Airport.

Utilitarian at first, today these containers and their posh contents have become coveted and collectible and are often designed by top designers. Here's a look at some travelers' favorite kits, past and present.


(Picture: A Pan Am World Airways amenity kit from the 1960s. "The President Special" was the name given to the airline's first-class service on several high-profile international routes.)

—By Harriet Baskas for CNBC. Follow Road Warrior on Twitter at @CNBCtravel.

Posted 6 September 2014

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