Completely Air-Conditioned North Coast Limited

I’ve previously posted the fronts of these along with nine other postcards that the Boston Public Library has posted on Flickr. Unfortunately, most people who post postcards on Flickr only show the front, not the back. Below are three complete cards, front and back.

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All of these seem to be cartoon-like imitations of paintings by Gustav Krollman and other artists. The first one shows a painting by Krollman of one of Northern Pacific’s first 4-8-4 locomotives pulling a passenger train, possibly the North Coast Limited, up Bozeman Pass in Montana. As previously noted, Krollman’s painting is based on a photograph that was used by Baldwin in an ad bragging about these 4-8-4s, which Baldwin built–the odd thing being that the locomotive in the ad was actually a 4-6-2 built by Alco, not Baldwin.

The second postcard shows a Fourth of July Rodeo Parade in a city on the Northern Pacific. The card doesn’t say what city it was, but other than Seattle and Portland few NP downtowns in the West had buildings more than two stores tall, so I suspect it was in the artist’s imagination.

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The painting on the card is a simplified version of the painting used on the Northern Pacific poster below. The poster is signed Edward Brewer, a St. Paul artist who did most of his work for Cream of Wheat. Brewer did this and other NP posters in the early 1930s, accepting train fare and lodging in Mt. Rainier’s Paradise Lodge for his entire family in lieu of part of his pay.

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Finally, this card shows a collage of landmarks in downtown Seattle, including Smith Tower, then the city’s tallest building, and King Street Station. Once again, the locomotive looks like an Alco 4-6-2 doing its best to imitate a Baldwin 4-8-4.

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