Aboard the North Coast Limited

I’ll be posting Northern Pacific postcards for the next several days. Today, I have three advertising the heavyweight North Coast Limited and two more that don’t fit into other categories. Except where noted, PDFs are about 400 to 500 kilobytes.

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This postcard was mailed from Fargo to someone in Le Sueur, Minnesota on June 27, 1936. The rather snooty-looking people in the drawing must be taking advantage of the North Coast Limited‘s air conditioning, as advertised on the back. However, the writer of the card notes, “Having a nice hot ride. Everything looks dry.”

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Here’s a meal the previous postcard writer might have enjoyed on her trip. There’s no date, but I suspect it was issued around the same time as the previous card.

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Like the dining car card, this one mentions air conditioning, which dates it to 1935 or so. For some reason, the PDF of this card is several times larger than most postcards; another mystery of Adobe’s software.

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North Dakota is one of several states, including Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, New Mexico, New York, and Virginia, whose state capitol building does not have a dome. Since it is the tallest building in Bismarck, it is probably visible from the NP main line. This linen card dates from around 1954 as it mentions the Vista Dome North Coast Limited on the back, and they weren’t making linen cards for very long after that.

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This chrome card also mentions vista domes, so it is probably from the late 1950s. The card doesn’t name this particular lake, but it is probably not visible from NP tracks.


Aboard the North Coast Limited — 1 Comment

  1. A.W. (Alec) Thomson worked for the NP for a span of 54 years. He worked his way up to Superintendent of the Dining Car Department in 1924. He spent the rest of his career (24 years) in that position before retiring in 1948. Any menu or postcard with his name on it has to be somewhere in that 24 year span. I know, it really doesn’t help us to date much, but, in this day and age, it’s pretty amazing to see a guy who held employment with one company for 54 years and in one position for 24 years. He must have been darn good at running dining cars.

    Regards, Jim

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