Publicity photo showing passengers relaxing and enjoying train hostess service provided by Janice Elrod (standing in rear) in the round-end observation car "Ole Man River" on the Rebel passenger train of the Gulf, Mobile & Northern Railroad. The GM&N was one of the first railroads to introduce train hostess service. The Rebel was a lightweight, diesel streamliner that first ran between New Orleans and Jackson, Tennesee, beginning in 1935. This photograph promoted expanded service to St. Louis and Mobile. Note the all-white clientele and that the hostess is also white. By contrast, many northern railroads had been using African Americans in service positions for many years by the 1930s. For an exterior view and more on the Rebel, see record 1175. This photo first appeared on Page 5 of "The Rebel Route News" Volume XXL, Aptil 15, 1942 issue number 4. It was later used in "More Classic Trains" by Arthur Dubin, published by Kalmbach in 1974.