Not as colorful as yesterday’s blotters, these provide examples of the variety of blotters GN used to advertise its premiere train in 1925. The first one shows the train pulled by a P2, 4-8-2 locomotive by Mt. Index in the Washington Cascades.
Though less than 6,000 feet high (compared with more than 14,000 for Mt. Rainier), Mt. Index was a spectacular sight from the railway, partly because it was so close and partly because the railway was only about 500 feet high at this point. Mt. Index received less attention from GN marketing in later years because the westbound streamlined Empire Builder and Western Star in both directions were scheduled to pass by it in the dark.
The blotter below also shows a P2 locomotive. This was one of the best-looking steam locomotives used on the Great Northern because it was one of the few GN locos that did not use an efficient but unsightly Belpaire firebox. This blotter was issued for GN’s Seattle agent.
This blotter, given out by GN’s Tacoma agent, eschews pictures of the train in favor of GN’s mountain goat logo.
In addition to using an Oriental-style font, this blotter pictures a Chinese paper lantern. Such lanterns weren’t used on the train, but could be found in most if not all of GN’s pre-war hotels in Glacier National Park, providing an Oriental contrast with the hotels’ otherwise rustic western decor.
The postcard below shows some of the Chinese lanterns in the huge lobby of the Glacier Park Hotel at East Glacier. The original black-and-white photo on which this hand-colored postcard was based was taken by T.J. Hileman. Trained in Chicago, Hileman moved to Kalispell, Montana in 1911, married in Glacier National Park in 1913, and was made the official photographer for the Great Northern in 1924.