Sunday, November 19, 2006

Check out this old lithograph ...

From: "Jason Franklin"

Please check out this old litho that my father has owned for over 30 years. It was given to him by an old porter for the L&N Railroad in Louisville, KY, where my father and grandfather both had worked. It appears to me that this is not an L&N train. It bears a striking resemblance to a Central Pacific train. Upon close inspection it appears as though an L&N sticker has been placed over something else at the bottom of the print. ...

I am absolutely intrigued by this old dude and would love to know any info pertaining to it's history.

—Jason Franklin, Sellersburg, IN

railroad lithograph
"Speed, Comfort & Safety to All who Travel ... "


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Kevin Bunker"

Lithographic advertising art, in terms of specific subjects represented, is often just suggestive or evocative of the advertiser's products. This is not a Central Pacific poster modified by an L&N sticker, nor is it a CPRR train inside the central horseshoe. The horseshoe is a key feature and emphasizes – by invoking the thoughts of Kentucky horse-raising and racing region – that this is a Louisville & Nashville Railroad advertising poster. Other elements reaffirm the L&N – especially the southeastern seaport terminal shown. If the L&N emblem at the bottom is indeed a sticker, it may be a sticker applied to correct a printing flaw of the same or an earlier L&N emblem. A qualified professional art poster conservator could say more about that definitively.

There are two recent books on railroad advertising art and posters that could be consulted also; perhaps the same poster is published in one of those books.

—Kevin Bunker

11/19/2006 11:50 AM  

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