What Pullman Offers to Travelers

There’s no date on this booklet, but since the all-steel cars described in it have no air conditioning, it is likely from the 1920s. Although nominally 12 pages long, most of the interior pages are narrower than the full width of the booklet, so pages 2 and 11 are partly visible as other pages are turned.

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The interior pages describe all of the first-class facilities offered by Pullman, including the section, bedroom, drawing room, compartment, lounge, and observation room. The drawing room was the largest, with 58 square feet of space. Both the compartment and drawing room occupied the full width of the car except for a narrow aisle along one side of the car.

In the picture of the compartment on the left, the artist is standing in the doorway and toilet facilities are in the room to the artist’s immediate left and right. In the drawing room on the right, the artist is peering through an imaginary hole in the wall from the car’s side aisle. The doorway on the left goes to an alcove which provides access to the bathroom as well as an exit to the car’s center aisle. What looks like a door on the right is in fact a full-length mirror.

The door into the compartment was on this side aisle, but the door to the drawing from was from the center aisle, making it possible to have a bed stretching across the full width of the room on both sides of the room. This meant drawing rooms could only be at the ends of a car (usually if not always only at one end), with sections in the middle of the car.

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