Welcome to Vintage Railroad Postcards!

Thank you for stopping by! This is the blog for the Russell P. Panecki Collection of vintage railroad-related postcards. The entire collection consists of nearly one thousand so far with images dating from circa 1904 to the 1950s. To leave a comment, ask a question, to contribute or correct historical information, a comment box is located to the left for your convenience.

Beginning in October, 2015, the blog was redesigned to include an index of individual postcards, both listed in alphabetical order and by categories. Each page, including this homepage, has the index located in the lower portion of the page. In addition to the index, posts were updated with historical information, new postcards added from storage files, while some posts were completely rewritten or edited for corrections. Three articles have been added and are worth reading. They include how vintage postcards were made, the history of Pennsylvania Station, and the history of Grand Central Terminal.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Oriental Limited

The Oriental Limited was the Great Northern Railroad's flagship passenger train from 1905 to 1929  providing service from Chicago to St. Paul via the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad and then onto Great Northern rails to Seattle. In these two circa 1915 postcards, we can get an idea of what it was like to travel across the country on a rolling first-class hotel. Despite the appearance created by the scenery as seen through the car's windows, telephone service was only provided through phone line hook-up when the train was in station. Note the early vacuum cleaner in the second card.

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