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Something new on the table! The first locomotive powered by a turbine drive! 1945

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Hi-res digital file. A Pennsylvania Railroad ad published in Life Magazine, December 3, 1945.

For the first time, a way has been found to put into a locomotive the same kind of power that sends big battleships forward–turbine drive! Developed by Pennsylvania Railroad research in conjunction with engineering staffs Westinghouse Electric Corporation and the Baldwin Locomotive.

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Starting from the mid-thirties, many railroads in the United States were driven progressively out of business due to competition from buses, airlines, and Interstate highways.
The answer was the development of deluxe passenger trains, the streamliners. Some became legendary and profoundly influenced popular culture by focusing on concepts such as power, speed, technological progress, comfort, and luxury service.
Railroads’ advertisements, pamphlets, and even menus were extremely impacting, and it was not easy to select the best.

An excerpt from a Pennsylvania Railroads ad, which is an extraordinary blast into the spirit of the era.
“Capable of speed up to 120 miles an hour, this long streamlined giant not only marks another forward stride in the science of railroading — it is indicative of the spirit of progress in an industry vital to the welfare of America. now and in the future.”

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Celebrating American Technological Progress.

Starting from the mid-thirties, many railroads were driven progressively out of business due to competition from buses, airlines, and Interstate highways.
The answer was the development of deluxe passenger trains, the streamliners. Some became legendary and profoundly influenced popular culture by focusing on concepts such as power, speed, technological progress, comfort, and luxury service.

Railroads’ advertisements, pamphlets, and even menus were extremely impacting, and it was not easy to select the best. 
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  • A dream train comes True - Bohn ad. atwork by George W. Walker - Fortune. January 1943

    A Dream Train Comes True. Bohn Ad 1943. Futuristic Streamline. Art George Walker.

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    A Dream Train Comes True. Bohn Ad 1943. Futuristic Streamline. Art George Walker.

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    Hi-res digital file. Fortune Magazine, January 1943.
    A futuristic Bohn Aluminum and Braas ad forecasting the future of the streamlined train.
    Artwork by George W. Walker, an American industrial and automotive designer based in Detroit.

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  • All the Comforts of Roam. American Railroads ad, artwork by James Bingham - Life. April 24, 1944

    All the Comforts of Roam. American Railroads Forecasting the Future 1944

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    All the Comforts of Roam. American Railroads Forecasting the Future 1944

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    Hi-res digital file. American Railroads ad published in Life Magazine on April 24, 1944.

    …The day is coming when a train trip will again be something to look forward to eagerly — something to be enjoyed at ease, in spacious comfort — and all at a moderate price.
    That of course will be after the war is won. It will be when the armed forces no longer need nearly half of all our passenger equipment to move fighting men. It will be when many coaches and Pullmans now busy in war service can be honorably retired to make way for new cars with comfort, convenience, and thoughtful appointments beyond anything the past has known…

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  • Holiday for Two! New York Central Ad - Life. May 31, 1948

    Holidate for two! on New York Central’s New Luxury Coaches. Ad 1948

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    Holidate for two! on New York Central’s New Luxury Coaches. Ad 1948

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    Hi-res digital file. A New York Central ad published in Life Magazine, May 31, 1948.

    …We Couldn’t Budge on Our Budget! Water Level Route scenery’s a swell background for dining car meals. It makes great sightseeing, too, from the wide windows of our air-cooled coach. We’ll Have More to Spend at the Other End! Coach fares save us enough for extra vacation fun of our trip aboard the world’s largest new luxury coach fleet

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  • I Predict … by Lurelle Guild - The Weatherhead Company ad. artwork by Lurelle Guild

    I Predict…by Lurelle Guild. Forecasting the Future of railroads 1944

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    I Predict…by Lurelle Guild. Forecasting the Future of railroads 1944

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    Hi-res digital file. The Weatherhead Company ad published in Fortune in February 1944.
    Artwork by Lurelle Van Arsdale Guild, an architect, industrial and interior designer.

    …The railroad car of tomorrow will make today’s deluxe cars resemble the stagecoach by comparison. I have designed for one of the country’s largest railroads a train embodying numerous new and practical features, including super-efficient heating and cooling to eliminate dust, germs, and draft…

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  • Abdulla Cigarettes Ad - Melisande at Montecarlo. N.3 AU CAFE DE PARIS. La Vie Parisienne. April 16, 1921. Artwork by Anne Harriet Fish.

    Abdulla Cigarettes 1921. Mélisande a Monte-Carlo N.3 Au Café de Paris. Art Anne Fish

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    Abdulla Cigarettes 1921. Mélisande a Monte-Carlo N.3 Au Café de Paris. Art Anne Fish

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    High-Resolution file digitally restored. Published in “La Vie Parisienne” on April 4, 1921. Artwork by Anne Harriet Fish.
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  • Your-next-car-see-DeSoto-Life-1941-10-13_064-hi-res-file-from-original-print

    Your Next Car See DeSoto 1941 Ad Hi-res Digital File

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    Your Next Car See DeSoto 1941 Ad Hi-res Digital File

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    Your Next Car See De Soto advertisement from Life 1941-10-13. Hi-res digital file, taken from the original print.
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  • American Locomotive. Two Trains of Thought. Life Magazine. February 16, 1942

    Two Trains of Thought. American Locomotive ad 1942. Streamliner

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    Two Trains of Thought. American Locomotive ad 1942. Streamliner

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    Life February 16, 1942. The ad shows a Diesel-Liner and a Steam-Liner in an idyllic landscape.
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  • Abdulla Cigarettes Ad - Melisande at Montecarlo. No. 7. L'APÉRITIF. La Vie Parisienne. July 30, 1921. Artwork by Anne Harriet Fish.

    Mélisande a Montecarlo N.7 L’apéritif. Art Anne Fish. Abdulla Cigarettes 1921

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    Mélisande a Montecarlo N.7 L’apéritif. Art Anne Fish. Abdulla Cigarettes 1921

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    High-Resolution file digitally restored. Published in “La Vie Parisienne” on July 2, 1921. Artwork by Anne Harriet Fish.
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