Travel by Train: The American Railroad Poster, 1870-1950

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Between 1870 and 1950, America’s railroads produced a body of poster work significant both for the artists involved and for the range of images created. The railroads used this visual medium from their founding, first in the form of broadsides, dominated by text and intended to convey practical information, and then, during the 1890s, as vivid lithographed display posters. For the next 50 years, American railroads commissioned posters designed to spur the popular imagination and thereby encourage travel. Images of compelling intensity included Maurice Logan’s icons of the 1920s overland limiteds passing in the West; Adolph Treidler’s wonder cities; Santa Fe’s Native Americans; and Leslie Ragan’s and Sascha Maurer’s machine-age steamliners.

Although a great deal has been written about European railway and travel posters, their American counterparts remained in the shadows. Travel by Train focuses on the artists, railroad men, and advertising agencies that created and produced the work. It presents the posters in the context of the historical trends and competitive strategies that shaped the development of the railroad industry. The book also follows the development of the advertising business and graphic design in the U.S. and Europe. It features approximately 160 poster images (many in color), personal photographs, and sketches, many of them never before published.

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About the Author:

Michael E. Zega has researched and written about railroad advertising and promotion for the past decade and contributes to many magazines, including Vintage Rails, Classic Trains, and Journal of the Southwest. He lives in New York City.

John E. Gruber of Madison, Wisconsin, is president of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art and editor of its magazine, Railroad Heritage. He is contributing editor to Classic Trains, preservation columnist for Trains, and co-author of Caboose (2001).

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From the proliferation of competitive railroad lines across the continent in the second half of the 19th century to the decline in passengers after World War II, this book conveys the excitement involved in train travel by reproducing 120 poster images, photographs, and sketches from the time before most people were driving or flying to their destinations. The coauthors know their subject well: Gruber is president of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, editor of its magazine, contributing editor of Classic Trains, and recent editor of Vintage Rails; Zega is a regular contributor to the two latter magazines, among others. Their extensive research proves fascinating, and the colorful posters still maintain their visual appeal. Five chronologically arranged chapters interweave information about the artists and how the characteristics of their commissioned designs serve the advertising purposes of the railroad lines they worked for. A large number of artists, both well known (N.C. Wyeth, John Held Jr.) and not so well known (Maurice Logan, Leslie Ragan), are included in the discussion, with reproductions of their designs. Recommended to both academic and public libraries for their transportation history, graphic design, or advertising history sections.
Anne Marie Lane, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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