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Train of Thought for the Future. American Railroads Streamline 1947. Hi-Res file

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Hi-res digital file. American Railroads ad published in Life Magazine on March 27, 1944.

…Someday this war will be won by America and her Allies.
Our first duty meanwhile is to meet the demands of the war. This we are doing.
And we’d like you to know our ideas of comfort and style go far beyond what we’re able to offer today. That’s why we print the picture below…

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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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