Multum In Parvo - M.I.P. Travel Bag - Circa 1885

Modern cycle tourists carry the bulk of their travel kit in either front or rear panniers (saddle bags) or both, that hang from mounted racks. The bag of choice for the rider of the ordinary bicycle was the M.I.P. bag. This bag was hung below the saddle along the backbone. M.I.P. stands for Multum In Parvo and is abbreviated for the Latin phrase much in little. These bags were offered in various sizes and of varying quality by many bicycle distributors. This bag is 15"L x 7"W x 4"D.

This bag is constructed of heavy canvas with leather straps. Note the impressed logo of a man on his ordinary smoking a cigar (?) which is possibly the trade mark of the maker. A rare survivor.