Cory Doctorow at 9:40 am Mon, Nov 28, 2011
From Vintage Ads participant write_light, a triptych of 1940s illustrated rail ads of surpassing loveliness.
Sunday Surplus: The Luxury of Rail Travel in the Forties
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Back when America was actually capable of building beautiful things to be advertised.
And using the name of a Native American tribe for advertising…*shakes head*. I guess it isn’t as bad as the military taking all our tribal names for weapons…Kiowa, Apache, Commanche…
This harkens back to an age when men wore hats, women knew their place and the only brown people you saw were dressed to serve.
Am I the only one who immediately thought of “Ode to Billie Joe”? Probably.
There was another such railway of the period which advertised the adventures of an intrepid traveller by the name of “Phoebe Snow”.
Sadly, Amtrak looks like this, today.
Riding the rails is the way to go! I took a train ride in Norway this spring and rode the 1940s Flam railway. It was awesome. So relaxing, such beautiful scenery. I shot some video with my iPhone out the window if you care to see the incredible view I had. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJDvlbQch5Y
I think Xeni needs that black hat with the flower and feather. Too cool.
As a lucky rail buff in Canada (I have been able to travel across Canada and the Rockies many times by train) the CPR had great trains a great train posters
Here are 3
I have an original poster very similar to the Choctaw Rocket, the Miami something, framed on my wall. I like trains.
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