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Coffee Shop on Empire Builder's Dome Car

Great Northern Great Dome
A publicity photograph of a two-level dome car for the Great Northern's Empire Builder, which ran between Chicago and Seattle/Portland. The photograph shows the lower level lounge and coffee shop, whose decorations drew from Northwest Native American tribal designs. About ten passengers and an African-American waiter are in the view, taken by Hedrich Blessing, a premier Chicago firm that specialized in architectural photography.
Source Lake Forest College Library Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, Chicago; Temporal, c. 1955
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created c1955
Resource Type
Extent 8 x 10 in.
Depicted Railroad
Depicted Occupation
Creator Description Ken Hedrich and Henry Blessing founded Hedrich Blessing in 1929. When Blessing left for Denver within the year, Ken's brother Ed Hedrich came in to manage the office. In 1931 brother Bill Hedrich came on board as the first of hundreds of photographic assistants who would learn their craft at Hedrich Blessing. Although most widely known for its architectural photography, Hedrich Blessing has been a commercial studio working with designers in related fields such as industrial, annual report, product and editorial photography.
Collection Arthur Dubin Collection
Image ID Dubin.I.12.4
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