Cafe-Parlor On-Board Stationery

This stationery uses the post-1936 Rocky logo, but is probably from before the war. The carelessness of the printing–the off-center red circle and the slight tilt of the lines of text relative to the edge of the paper–suggests this was used aboard a secondary train, as such imperfections would not have been acceptable on a first-class train such as the Empire Builder (not to mention that Empire Builder stationery would probably show the name of the train).

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Between 1937 and 1947, the only trains in Great Northern timetables listed as having parlor cars were the St. Paul-Duluth Gopher and Badger and the Portland-Seattle trains. Cafe cars were in trains 3 & 4, the Seattle-Spokane Cascadian, the St. Paul-Fargo Alexandrian, St. Paul-Grand Forks, Havre-Butte, Williston-Havre, and Seattle-Vancouver. This stationery could have been used on any of those trains.

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