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America by Rail Book of Postcards
America by Rail Book of Postcards
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America by Rail Book of Postcards

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Thirty color reproductions bound in a handy postcard collection.

Oversized postcards measure 6 ½ x 4 ¾ in.

Posters from the Library of Congress.

ISBN 9780764959530
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America by Rail Book of Postcards
“There isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,” poet Edna St. Vincent Millay once wrote, “no matter where it’s going.” Americans have had a long romance with railroads, both as essential engines of commerce and a means of getting to know their huge, multifaceted country. Almost every US town once boasted a train station where passengers could board and disembark, and legions of passenger trains once joined their freight-bearing cousins in crisscrossing the country. Offering safe, comfortable, long-distance travel, trains gave passengers the leisure to admire the ever-changing countryside through the windows, spend some time at a chosen stop or two, and unwind to the comforting rhythms of the rails.

During the first half of the 20th century—the “Golden Age” of rail travel—first, steam engines and, later, gleaming stainless-steel streamliners zipped across the US continent at over 100 miles per hour. Taking the train was not only fast, but it was traveling in style. Passenger trains offered elegant dining services and other amenities, such as dome cars that allowed unparalleled views of the surrounding landscape, parlor and club cars, and sleeping quarters.

Essential to the rail industry was the advertising that brought travelers on board. Accomplished artists were hired to create enticing and beautiful scenes. The thirty railroad posters collected in this book of postcards glorify both speeding locomotives and a variety of grand destinations, including US national parks and major cities. All are from the Library of Congress’s Poster Collection, which includes more than 100,000 posters from around the world.
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