Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Art of Howard Fogg - Old Postcards [Part 1]

From our collection of old postcards ...

If you like trains you will probably like the old postcards we will be sharing featuring the art of Howard Fogg. If you don't like trains, maybe not so much. :-) Howard was a prolific artist who loved trains. Read all about him at a link given near the end of this post. He is often referred to as the dean of American railroad artists. Most of his work was done from about 1945 through the 1960s. In 1964 the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad and the New York Central published a set of Howard's work on postcards. The cover is shown below.

In the introduction, the President of the railroad had the following message ...

Here is the information about Howard Fogg included with the postcards ...

Since we are heading into the autumn season, it seems appropriate to start with this card, the one featured on the cover of the book, a coal train rounding College Curve, near Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania.

 Back of the card ...

Link to Wiki info on Howard is here.

We will be sharing more of the cards from this booklet through the fall. Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. These postcards are such a treasure! They make the trains seem so magestic.

    Did you get any photos of the eclipse? We had a few good glimpses. The clouds lit up orange a bit too.

  2. Oh, yes! A treasure indeed!! I do love trains!! Thanks for sharing these, John!! Hope your week is going well!! Enjoy!!

  3. Lovely and autumnal!

  4. Beautiful images. Thanks for your kind words left on my recent post.

  5. Beautiful images. Both my hubby and I enjoy trains. Not too excited at night time when they go much faster at night. Pretty scary as they pump up speed to get to the destination dead line. Through the day they are not on a dead line express. So it is enjoyable.

  6. Hey! He lived in Boulder, where I did. I road the narrow gauge train in Silverton and will never forget it. :-)

  7. Amazing how trains have been around for a long time and still is being used. Of course fixed and developed through time but just amazing how they've seen civilizations through so to speak. :)

  8. The fall colors are stunning! Very beautiful painting on that postcard! Train shows are coming up again soon for my grandparents--definitely enjoyed hanging out with the model train crowd last year.


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