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Telegram Service on the Oriental Limited (editor's title)

Female passenger and African-American porter on the Oriental Limited
Publicity photo showing a female passenger on the Great Northern Railway's Oriental Limited giving a telegram to an African-American porter in 1929. The photo advertises the business amenities of the railroad's flagship train: the porter will send the telegram at the next station. African-Americans were often employed as service staff on passenger trains. The Oriental Limited's name refers to GN's own steamship service from Seattle to Japan and China. The train ran from 1905 to 1931, although it lost its train numbers, 1 and 2, to Empire Builder in 1929. This photograph was used in the documentary "Rising From the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter" (AMS Productions, 2006).
Source Lake Forest College Library Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, along the Great Northern Railway; Temporal, 1929
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created 1929
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Depicted Occupation
Collection Arthur Dubin
Image ID Dubin.I.46.17
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