Canadian National 1944 System Map

“This folder is printed on newsprint paper in conformity with the requirements of the wartime prices and trade board,” so it has yellowed quite a bit. The non-map side has descriptions of destinations reachable by Canadian National illustrated by two-dozen black-and-white photos of trains, hotels, and cities.

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Despite wartime travel restrictions, the booklet also includes an attractive drawing of what appears to be a luxurious CN passenger train, complete with semi-streamlined steam locomotive, passing through the Rocky Mountains. However, the accompanying text is quick to point out that CN is “Canada’s greatest war industry,” carrying “materials and men in a constant and ever-increasing stream, comprising the major portion of Canada’s contribution to the United Nations’ war effort.”

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