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Inside a Recreation Car on the Florida Special (editor's title)

Enterainment car on the Florida Special
Railroad publicity photo showing a lively scene inside a "recreation car" on the Florida Special. The nation's first recreation cars debuted on the train in 1926, which ran between New York and Miami during Florida's winter tourist season. Recreation cars were added to increase the enjoyment of the overnight trip. The Pullman company stripped three 12-1 sleepers and completely rebuilt them as the Coliseum, Lyceum, and Trocadero with potted palm trees, bridge tables, horse-racing games, and bright curtains. This undated photo shows a hostess and accordionist warming up the crowd for pop star Mitch Miller.
Source Lake Forest College Library Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, East Coast; Temporal, 1930s-50s
Rights Lake Forest College
Creator
Resource Type
Classification
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Equipment: Cars Recreation car
Builder, Cars Pullman
Comments The Florida Special was a deluxe train that ran between New York and Miami and proved extremely popularly with East Coast travelers going to Florida - so much so that seven (!) sections of the train departed Pennsylvania Station on February 29, 1936. During the winter season of 1939-40, three sections operated daily. Only the Twentieth Century Limited ever had more regular sections.
Collection Arthur Dubin
Institution
Train Name Florida Special
Image ID Dubin.I.1.9
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