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History of the Gladstone Bag. The original Gladstone Bag developed in the mid-19th century and represented a kind of suitcase built on a rigid frame that could be split into two separate parts. It was usually made of very strong leather and was often 'tied' with lanyards also made of leather. The Gladstone bag was designed by leather shop owner J. G. Beard who traded in Westminster and was a keen supporter of William Gladstone, the Prime Minister of the day who was renowned for his love of travelling and after whom Beard named his invention.
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