These blotters from the Dale Hastin collection were all published after World War II, but probably later than yesterday’s blotters. Click any blotter image to download a PDF of that blotter. Click other images for a larger view of that image. The PDFs are about 0.3 to 0.6 megabytes in size.
This blotter advertises the use of Diesel locomotives instead of steam on the Capital Limited, Columbian, and Shenandoah. Since it doesn’t describe the Columbian as “new,” the blotter must be from before 1949 when that train was re-equipped with streamlined cars.
B&O inaugurated the “new” Columbian in 1949. This was B&O’s only all-new train after the war. The original Columbian, a coach-only companion to the all-Pullman Capital Limited, began operating in 1931.
In this jaded era, it is hard to imagine that many would consider Washington DC a “dream vacation.” But 1951 was a more innocent time, and B&O ran the following advertisement in the Chicago Tribune. Determining if these blotters are from 1951 or a year or two before will depend on whether anyone can find a 56-page “Washington Travel Guide” from that year.