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Bathing Beauty Fashion Show Aboard the Florida Special (editor's title)

Fashion Show on the Florida Special
As airlines competed ever more successfully with railroads in the 1950s and 1960s, railroads countered with special services and attractions that airlines could not duplicate. And railroads made sure to record the photogenic aspects of these attractions, as here, where passengers on the Seaboard Coast Line's Florida Special were treated to a fashion-show model sporting a bathing suit and carrying a coverup wrap in the recreation car. The nation's first recreation cars, like this one, debuted on the Florida Special in 1926. In 1949, the train was re-equipped as a diesel-powered lightweight streamliner. In the 1940s and 1950s, when Cuba was a popular tourist destination, the 25-hour, 10-minute train between New York and Miami connected with the P&O steamship "Florida" offering overnight service to Havana. The train celebrated its 75th anniversary to much fanfare during the 1962-63 season.
Source Lake Forest College Library Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, East Coast; Temporal, 1960
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created 1960
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Equipment: Cars Recreation car
Builder, Cars Pullman Standard
Collection Arthur Dubin Collection
Image ID Dubin.I.1.24
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