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Inside the Orange Blossom Special's Club Car (editor's title)

Interior of 1925 club car
Builder's photo showing the interior of the club car Eagle Bay, used on the Orange Blossom Special passenger train. Leather arm chairs line both sides of the club/smoking section. (Baggage storage comprised one end of the car.) Club cars were common on many passenger trains of the 1920s that catered to upper-class travelers. Primarily the domain of men, club cars served as a place for smoking, drinking, reading newspapers, and socializing. Club cars offered a variety of services; those on the Eagle Bay, in 1925 prices, included 30-cent shaves, 50-cent baths, and suit pressing for $1.50. The Orange Blossom Special ran between New York and Miami every winter from 1925 to 1953 on the Seaboard Air Line, primarily serving East Coast residents vacationing in Florida.
Source Lake Forest College Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, Pullman Works, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, 1925
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created 1925
Creator
Resource Type
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Classification
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Pullman Works, Chicago, Illinois
Equipment: Cars Club-smoking-baggage car "Eagle Bay"
Builder, Cars Pullman
Creator Description John P. Van Vorst (1880-1957) started at Pullman in 1897 and it was not until 1904 that he became an assistant photographer. When he retired in 1945 he held the longest tenure of any Pullman photographer, 41 years. He signed his negatives J.P.V.V. Generally, Pullman documented photographically one car out of each new lot, usually the first car in a production run.
Collection Arthur Dubin Collection
Institution
Image ID Dubin.II.48.51
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