Category Archives: Ads from the 1940s and ’50s

Union Pacific Station, Cheyenne, Wyoming: “Lady, if all your things were on that train, you should’ve been on it, too.”

You don’t have to do much reading between the lines to see what was going on. In the late ’40s my Aunt Lacy and “a gal” she met were having highballs in the club car with some soldiers on the … Continue reading

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What train travel was like on the streamliners of the 1950s and 60s

I’m gradually scanning my railroad memorabilia collection online  at streamlinermemories.com  The dome lounge, below, ran on several of Santa Fe’s streamliners. Photo/drawing from a Santa Fe Railroad brochure published in 1960.

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Ronald Reagan advertising the Union Pacific Domeliner City of Los Angeles

Before he was governor, before he was president, actor Ronald Reagan appeared in these Union Pacific Railroad ads in the National Geographic in the mid-1950s. The Domeliner City of Los Angeles is the same train that was featured in the I Love … Continue reading

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Andy Warhol and Campbell’s new cream of chicken soup, 1949

Is everyone interested in the few years before and after they were born, or is this an ego problem particular to me? Around my birthday every year I like to focus on how the world was then (maybe because I’m a rail fan, … Continue reading

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Of National Geographic Coca-Cola ads and junior-high pals

I got my best friend in junior high interested in trains. He went train-watching with me, and he wrote away to railroads for literature (brochures, timetables). He amassed such a collection that I was envious at moments. We went for a day’s … Continue reading

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French Quarter lounge on the Sunset Limited, 1950s

The 1950s “French Quarter Lounge” car on the Southern Pacific Sunset Limited, New Orleans-Los Angeles, a train still run by Amtrak today (with different equipment, of course). Todd and I have ridden it several times. Photo from my brochure collection; for … Continue reading

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