the railway came to Turkey in 1870 it brought
with it French train travel terminology: train,
gare, perron, chef, locomotive, rail, compartiment,
wagon, billet, valise and etiquette, all terms
still in use in Turkish today. When I was in
legal practice in the 1960s I published studies
of tourism economy and law, based mainly on
Among the dry, academic topics I occasionally
found light relief in references to hotel labels
and emblems that used to be stuck on suitcases.
Let me begin by describing them. These luggage
decorations bore a picture and sometimes, but
not always, had a layer of dry glue on the back.
To stick them on required either applying paste
from a glass pot, or brushing water over the
dry glue. The labels varied in size from 5 to
15 centimetres. Some were circular, but most
rectangular. They were hardly ever square.