Santa Fe Premiere Trains Blotters

These blotters each advertise one of Santa Fe’s leading trains. The first is for the Super Chief and notes that passengers from St. Joseph, Missouri can take a Burlington train to Kansas City, arriving at 9:25 pm, and then occupy a Kansas City sleeper that will be added to the Super Chief when it arrives at the otherwise inconvenient time of 2:35 am. This would have a great convenience over having to sit in the train station for five hours in the middle of the night.

Click images to download PDFs of these blotters, which are 0.2 to 0.4 MB in size.

Google Streetview shows that, as of June 2013, 505 Francis Street, the address on the blotter, was the “Delish Bakery and Coffee Shoppe” (though the web site for that bakery indicates a different address). The building that Santa Fe used be be located in is partly occupied by the St. Joseph Revitalization Center, and appears to have been recently refurbished.

In June, 2013, the former Santa Fe ticket office in St. Joseph, Missouri was occupied by a coffee shop and bakery.

Today’s remaining blotters are from the Dale Hastin collection. The first advertises the Texas Chief for Santa Fe’s Pittsburgh traffic office. That office was in the Gulf Building, a 44-story skyscraper that had been built in 1932 as the world headquarters for Gulf Oil. Appropriately for Santa Fe, the building was art deco in style.

This El Capitan blotter advertises that the train is “now in daily service,” which means it is from 1948 or soon after. The blotter also lists the Santa Fe agent in Des Moines, Iowa, who was in the Equitable Building. Built in 1924, it was the tallest building in Iowa (and thus one of the most prestigious addresses) until 1973.

The final blotter today advertises a “holiday special” for Pomona Associated Students, which probably refers to what is now called the Associated Students of Pomona College. The F-unit in the picture and the seven-digit telephone number indicates this is probably from the 1950s.

Claremont is between Pasadena and San Bernardino, and in the early 1950s the only eastbound trains to stop there were the California Limited and a local that only went as far as San Bernardino. Both of those trains were terminated in around 1954. It is interesting to know that blotters were so cheap to print that Santa Fe would make them for this one-time-only event.

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