Thursday, July 23, 2015

Travel Posters on Postcards - Rail America [Part 2]

From our postcard collection ...

Introduction ...

In our last post, July 16th, we introduced you to travel posters on postcards. For those of you who missed that post, we are repeating our explanation before showing you ten more posters on postcards.

One of the most desirable things to add to a collection of train and/or railroad memorabilia is a vintage travel poster published by one of the major railroad companies back in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. The posters, which are rare and hard to find in good condition today, were designed to draw attention to travel by rail. The art on many of the posters is very appealing. Someone came up with the idea of going to the Library of Congress, where hundreds of these posters are preserved, scan a few and put the images on postcards. While the original prints are usually about 30" x 40" and may be valued in the thousands of dollars, the postcards are like a thumbnail view at an affordable price. We added several of the postcards to our collection and thought you might enjoy seeing a few. If you have an original in your collection we would like to know about it.

[Note: The back of the cards are all the same with the exception of the poster description and location in the Library of Congress, which we are showing you below each poster.]

Life-Line of the Nation ... American Railroads
Adolph Treidler, 1942

New Mexico and
Arizona Rockies
Land of History and Mystery
Travel by Train

Shasta Route
Maurice Logan, c. 1955

Visit the Pacific Northwest Wonderland
Travel by Train
c. 1925

Couple Up
J. F. Butler, c. 1915

The New Shasta Daylight
Southern Pacific
c. 1955

Highlands of the Hudson
Leslie Darrell Ragan
c. 1940

Giant Conquerors of Space and Time
Grif Teller, c. 1931
**One of our Favorites**

Lewis and Clark
Hilton, c. 1925

Northern Pacific
North Coast Limited
Brown & Bigelow, c. 1925

Our first post on the Rail America Posters is here. Among the various posters, did you have a favorite?

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Hello John, the posters are amazing. I think it would have been neat to ride back in the days on these trains seeing all the fantastic scenery of the western USA. Great collection, thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day!

  2. Well John I appreciate you showing us these postcards I have always been fascinated with the posters. B

  3. Well John I appreciate you showing us these postcards I have always been fascinated with the posters. B

  4. John, I do love seeing your collections of postcards, and these are really wonderful. I'd love to see all the originals.

  5. I can see that you very much enjoy your collections. Each is beautiful.

  6. JI, these are quite amazing cards/poster; another time, another place.

  7. these historical looks are really cool keepsakes!

  8. These are wonderful . . . I love the nostalgia.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Connie :)

  9. Oh, I do love these, John!! Such a fun look back and way to enjoy the memories/trips all over again!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Cool keepsakes they are indeed!!

  10. Those look great and make a nice collection.

  11. What sweet postcards.

  12. John another great collection of postards . The best for me is the one from Pennsylvania. Hugs from the heart from Europe

  13. Terrific series of post cards. My favorite is a toss up between two - the train and the airplane and Alaska.

  14. I really like that New Mexico postcard and would love to be there right now!

  15. Interesting images. It is amazing how at one time we had the time to travel by rail,although I never have,and now we have to fly to get to our destination quickly.

  16. I like the first poster. I like the powerful old steamers. Every once in a while i take a book on steamers from the library and enjoy the old black and white photos.

  17. All very fine posters, what a great collection!

  18. Oh I like the New Shasta Daylight - Southern and the one under it, Highlands of the Hudson. I think it is the streamlined lines that take my eye. Wonderful postcards.


  19. Hi John, all these posters are great!
    Love the first one because it's so
    dynamic and powerful and the Shasta,
    because it's nice and bright red :))

    Have a wonderful day!
    Tinna ✐

  20. I love the one with the train and the plane. But many of them are really nice to look at, with the art seeming a little different than what one would see today. Actually, now there would be NO art and just pictures! So I am going back to look them over again and appreciate them. :-)

  21. Here's a new reader for you John!
    The old one went to fb and got her
    fingers burnt right away ;)

    Have a great weekend!

  22. Wow, I love that one from New Mexico and Arizona Rockies. So beautiful. Interesting post John! They all are great. That from Alaska also. Thanks for sharing all the postcards.

  23. Very pertinent postcards in view of our recent rail trip on the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies. It was such an enjoyable experience. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  24. Love the Shasta Daylight and the Highlands of the Hudson! I am almost sure I saw a print of that "Giant Conquerors of Space and Time" just yesterday at the Airpower Museum I visited yesterday! How neat to see it here! :)

  25. I especially love the plane flying over the locomotive. Your collection is awesome!

  26. Amazing how you can see the progress and changes of times through the railways. Like history told by railways. :)


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