Sunday, November 9, 2014

Travel 1929

Yesterday John went to a "swap meet" for train/railroad enthusiasts. Yes, such a thing really does exist. The one attended was presented by the Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club and it takes place annually in Kent, Washington.

One of the items picked up was a copy of Travel magazine, July, 1929. We like the cover.

Travel magazine, July, 1929
Cover art by Winold Reiss
"Falling Over the Water"
Now, lest you think we are most interested in smoking a pipe, no, it's not that, it's that we love the art of Winold Reiss. You regular followers will know we have posted some of his work before [ see Blog Archive --> ] The art on this cover is entitled "Falling Over the Water" Blood Indian from Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada. Other than the information on the title there is no further description inside the issue. If you are wondering: How does this relate to railroads? Well, in 1929, railroads were the primary means of land travel in the USA. The Great Northern, the most northern transcontinental road, was using the art of Winold Reiss in its advertisements to create interest in seeing a part of the world Native Americans called home.

This issue of Travel contains many interesting subjects that can be a nice reprieve from today's modern media.

Last, but not least, we found the back cover amusing. We are not smokers ... guess that's why we can find the humor in it ...

Now, if your curiosity is piqued by what a railroad swap meet looks like, take a look at the 2013 gathering posted here.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Looks like someone had a good time :-)

    I do love the art on the cover of the brochure too. Very beautiful.

    I remember seeing old advertisements about cigarettes. In "those days" they touted the health benefits of smoking. Can you imagine? Boy we have totally turned the advertising the other way with scary photos on cigarette packs to try and scare people from smoking. Fortunately it's a habit I never picked up.

  2. P.S. I have been getting out much of the week but haven't had too many good photo opportunities. I did snap a few but now need to figure out how to get them off my phone. When I upgraded my computer OS, it changed virtually everything.

  3. I remember when cigarette ads had doctors telling us how good certain brands were for you. Yes, times have changed. Love that first picture, BTW. :-)

  4. Nice art work on the cover and interesting things to read about.
    Used to see those cigarette adds in all the magazines.

    My husband would sure like that train swap!! : ) He has a HO scale train layout in the basement.

  5. My Dad used to be involved in trains, when I was growing up. Great memories of helping him :) Glad to hear you had a good time!


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