Professional model Amilee Thompson, who appeared on the Dr. Pepper soft drink calendar in 1948, demonstrating the new private shower baths on the California Zephyr 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. Note Ms. Thompson's "Pullman Company" towel.
A Burlington Route publicity photo from the exterior promoting the new slumber coach service on the Denver Zephyr. A generic businessman washes his hands in the small, economy-class sleeping car compartment.
Railroad publicity photo showing passengers and conductor of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Grand Canyon passenger train posing on the observation platform Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico. At upper left, a young Native American girl looks on from in front of her dwelling. While promoting the comfort and adventure of rail passenger travel, the photograph makes an intriguing juxtaposition of...
A publicity or advertising photo probably taken in Chicago, either to promote the Yellowstone Park destination for young couples or to advertise the latest in women's clothing and men's suits. The photographer's vantage is much more elevated than that employed for most rear platform pictures.
Promotional photo showing female passengers young and old relaxing and listening to the radio in the observation car of the Northern Pacific Railway's North Coast Limited passenger train, which ran between Chicago and Seattle. Radios began appearing on luxury passenger trains in the 1920s.