A well-dressed man and woman posing as "intimate" diners in the unique Turquoise Room, with a pictorial turquoise medallion made by a Navajo artisan hanging on the wall behind the couple. The couple appears to be toasting an unseen figure, perhaps with champagne from the bottle in the wine cooler.
Publicity photograph for the dining service on Southern Pacific's Shasta Daylight train, inaugurated in 1949. The dining car had three units: a formal dining section, pictured here; a kitchen; and a lunch counter. Curtains appear in this view, showing that they could be drawn to create a private dining area. As usual with dining car service, the wait staff was African American.
A group photograph of four members of the first crew of the Broadway Limited, posing on the 25th anniversary of the train's departure from Chicago. The are in front of the locomotive that was used on the first trip, June 15, 1902, and they hold a large commemorative bannner that reads, in part, "25 Years Ago / Broadway Limited Locomotive / of 1902 / This engine pulled The Broadway Limited / when...
A publicity photograph of new dining car service on the Pere Marquette Railroad (later Chesapeake & Ohio). The line experimented with women servers and a no-tip policy on the Detroit-Lansing-Grand Rapids streamliner Pere Marquette. The female "waiters" were soon discontinued. The server stands on the left, handing a salad to a seated male passenger, whose companion sits on the right.
Professional model Amilee Thompson, who appeared on the Dr. Pepper soft drink calendar in 1948, was hired to demonstrate the new private shower baths on certain California Zephyr passenger cars in the late 1940s. This image is an interesting example of railroads' taking cues from the era of the "pinup" to market their passenger services.