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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 with more to come every month 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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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The William P. Sanborn Colorado Narrow Gauge Album

There is no introduction required for the narrow gauge railroads of Colorado. The names are legendary; Denver & Rio Grande Western, Rio Grande Southern, and the Colorado & Southern. All with beginnings in the 1800 gold and silver mining days in Colorado, they supplied boom towns and mountain hamlets with all of the necessities of life from whiskey and dynamite to food, lumber, hardware, and automobiles. In the '20s through the '60s, Western photographer William P. Sanborn traveled throughout Wyoming and Colorado photographing towns, mines, scenery, and of course, the famous narrow gauge railroads that were still operating at the time. Sanborn produced many postcards from his photography with his trademark signature in the lower right-hand corner. Here is Colorado narrow gauge railroading preserved for posterity thanks to the work of William Sanborn.
















1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have a lot of Sanborn RP photos and have been told that his "X" cards were images brought to him by other photographers, but printed by the Sanborn Co. He used letters of the alphabet to designate areas he photographed ie "W" western slope, "D" Denver, "B" Berthod Pass, "I" Central City, Idaho Springs & Royal Gorge to name a few. My fav is the Galloping Goose.