The Portland Rose

The cover of this brochure resembles this 1943 menu and these 1946 lunch and dinner menus used on the train. However, the text, which says, “Today you see for the first time a train into which has been built the ‘spirit of a city,'” hints that the brochure was published in 1930, when the train was introduced.

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The brochure notes that “the design and color of the rose–the decorative motif for the entire train–is in evidence everywhere…, in the rich carpeting, upholstery, lamp shades, stationery, bridge pads, magazine binders and other train accessories.” Some of this can be seen in the postcards below.

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The carpet in the diner, for example, is blue with red roses. There are also roses painted or sculpted into the clerestory and the window frames, not to mention real roses on the dining tables. The picture doesn’t show it, but the china also prominently featured red roses. The mention of air conditioning suggests this card is from the mid-1930s.

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The train’s club car used the same carpeting, but there seem to be fewer roses in the clerestory. However, lampshades between the windows appear to have roses on them, and many other roses could be found in the club car, such as on magazine holders and bridge score pads. Since this card doesn’t mention air condition, it may be from the early 1930s.


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