This cover replaced the 'Butcher Album' image after
Capitol Records received complaints. Some 'Butcher Album' covers were actually pasted over with the new 'Steamer Trunk' cover. Paste over versions of the album are very rare. If you think that you have one, do not try to remove it before consulting Everything You Wanted to Know About the Butcher Cover.
Paul is sitting inside the trunk. The trunk represents a coffin.
This is one of the first photographs showing a scar on Paul's upper lip. A sign that this is the imposter William Campbell sitting in for photograph sessions.