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11: Railroads Turn Up Everywhere, Even on Sheet Music (editor's title)

The Midnight Flyer, sheet music cover
A sheet music cover created for a piano composition by Frederick W. Hager, copyrighted 1903 and published by the E. T. Paull Music Co. of New York City, is indicative of the far reach of railroads in popular culture. The piece was specially composed for and dedicated to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers of America. The title and title-page were suggested by A. C. Traweek, a member of the BLE's Division 177. The unknown artist of the cover captured the power, drama, romance, and broad public appeal of railroads, together with the human factors associated with workers and their families, as depicted by the woman and child at the lower right who are bidding farewell to, presumably, the engineer. The lithographer was A. Hoen & Co. of Richmond, Virginia, for whom the artist may have worked. In 2007, the image was available as a large-sized poster. Even the music, which imitated the repititive sound of a locomotive's drive wheels, had remained popular for awhile, since this copy bears the name of Jennie Terwiliger and the date of December 1919. The Fort Worth & Denver City Railway, featured in the illustration, was a Texas subsidiary of the Burlington. The train is the Colorado Express, departing Fort Worth for Trinidad, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Denver.

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Alternate Title Railroad History in a Nutshell
Source John Gruber
Rights John Gruber
Date Created 1903
Resource Type
Extent 12-1/8 in. by 9-5/16 in.
Depicted Railroad
Collection John Gruber Collection
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