The original ‘Halliburton’ aluminum travel cases were hand made for Erle P. Halliburton’s personal use in 1938. A globetrotting oil field engineer by trade, Halliburton was often disappointed with luggage that failed to protect his wardrobe and documents when exposed to the harsh conditions of extreme dirt, heat and dust.
Drawing upon the engineering knowledge of his staff, Halliburton guided the development of the world’s first aluminum cases. These unique cases, equipped with smooth sides and an air-tight sealed gasket kept moisture, dirt and dust out. Friends and business associates soon persuaded Halliburton to make additional cases. As a result, a small factory was opened in Southern California.