History and Evolution of Briefcases
– Briefcases are descendants of the limp satchel used in the fourteenth century for carrying money and valuables.
– The first hinged iron frame on a carpet bag was introduced by Godillot of Paris in 1826.
– The modern metal-framed briefcase evolved from the Gladstone bag and the Rosebery, an oval-top bag.
– The modern rectangular briefcase is believed to have been invented in the late 1850s.
– In 2014, the global business bag market was valued at $9.4 billion.

Types of Briefcases
– A portfolio is a handleless case for carrying in the hand or under the arm.
– A folio case is a portfolio with a retractable handle.
– An attaché case is a box-style case traditionally carried by a diplomatic officer.
– Frameless aluminum attaché cases are also used.
– Leather pouches with a zipper sealed compartment are sometimes referred to as attachés or poche document holders.

Features of Briefcases
– Briefcases are mainly used for carrying papers and are equipped with a handle.
– Some briefcases have subsections, accordion sections, small pockets, or dividers.
– Briefcases may be made from leather, vinyl, durable fabric, thin metal, or plastic.
– Leather, vinyl, or fabric briefcases may have externally-accessible pockets or sleeves.
– Briefcases typically have a lock to protect the contents.

Other Uses and Alternatives
– Backpacks and messenger bags are alternative options for carrying items.
– Nuclear briefcases and red boxes are used in government settings.
– Suitcases are distinct from briefcases.
– Tablet cases are designed specifically for electronic devices.
– Catalog cases are large attaché cases used for carrying catalogs.

– Mark Bain’s article ‘The story behind the red box that Lee Kuan Yew carried everywhere’ provides insights into the use of red boxes.
– Additional information can be found on the Quartz website.
– Lightweight rucksacks are another type of bag used for carrying items.
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