No Newer, No Finer

Here’s a ticket envelope from that four-year period between introduction of the Mid-Century Empire Builder and the addition of Great Domes to that train. The date on the envelope is 1953.

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The beautiful illustration of green-and-orange trains in front of brownish mountains and purple skies required four print colors, which always makes me wonder why they didn’t just go for a four-color process that would effectively allow the use of far more colors. Perhaps the need to be restrained to just four colors was somehow considered elegant in the world of illustration.

The Chief Way Ticket Envelope

In this age of political correctness, when colleges aren’t allowed to use Native American terms for team names, it is amazing to think that the Santa Fe Railroad based its train fleet on the “chief” name and the war bonnet logo. No one apparently ever complained that the war bonnets were probably first used by Sioux Indians, who lived far from Santa Fe territory. While other Plains Indians, some of whom lived in Santa Fe territory in Oklahoma and Texas, also adopted war bonnets, the Southwest Indians who the Santa Fe emphasized in its advertising wore very different headgear.

In any case, here is a ticket envelope featuring an image of an Indian wearing a war bonnet and a photo of a Santa Fe locomotive in war bonnet colors (though the photo is black-and-white, which seems strange since the rest of the printing uses four colors). Click the image to download a PDF of the inside and outside of the envelope.

Another Favorite

This seems to be an earlier version of yesterday’s coaster, printed in only one color and with a different border. Also the material is a little different, being several layers of different kinds of paper instead of the single sheet of thick pressed paper that make up the new coasters.

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Always a Favorite

This coaster is made of the same materials and has a similar border pattern to the Daily Domeliners coaster. The use of two colors of ink makes it a little extra special, and image raises the question: is the Union Pacific or a martini “always a favorite”?

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The coasters I’ve shown are all in mint condition suggesting they were designed in the late 1960s and left over when Amtrak took over passenger service in 1971. Tomorrow I’ll present one that is a little older.

Route of the Daily Domeliners

Here’s a Union Pacific coaster with the familiar winged streamliner logo advertising the railroad’s domeliners. Since the railroad redesigned the winged streamliner logo when it switched from the M-10000 style of streamliners to the M-10002 style, it is amazing that it never again redesigned it, even when the E-led domeliners looked very different.

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