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New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

January 1st, 2000

Back in the days of the New Haven when nearly everybody smoked, a monogrammed cigarette lighter was a popular gift for the railroad to present to important shippers, members of the press, and other VIPs. Here are a few examples of New Haven Railroad cigarette lighters from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Merchants LimitedThis cigarette lighter was presented by on-train hostesses to passengers who were on board the Merchants Limited on the occasion of the implementation of a faster 3 hour and 55 minute schedule between Boston and New York City on March 1st, 1949. The brass keepsake was made by Evans.

The New Haven ordered a number of stainless steel lighters from Zippo for distribution to VIPs on board the first press run of the ACF Talgo demonstrator train in late June 1954. These lighters had 'New Haven Railroad - Patrick B. McGinnis - President' engraved on them. Legend has it that a case of these things were lifted from the Talgo train while it was parked at Boston's South Station prior to the press run!Zippo #1

Zippo #2The McGinnis administration ordered additional lighters from Zippo during 1955. These lighters featured Herbert Matter's 'new image' NH logo in a variety of red, white, and black color combinations on the front. The backs of these lighters were engraved with 'Patrick B. McGinnis - President - New Haven Railroad'.

The New Haven Railroad ordered a number of Japanese-made lighters from Hohle during the late 1950s. The Hohle lighters were of lesser quality than the previous Evans and Zippo products.Hohle Lighter


December 1999: The Dan'l Webster

November 1999: Postwar Travel Posters

October 1999: Modern Dining Car China

September 1999: New Haven Railroad Dining Car Service Pins

August 1999: New Haven Railroad Lapel Pins

July 1999: The 1939 New York World's Fair -- 60th Anniversary

June 1999: On-Train Ashtrays

April 1999: Matchbooks

March 1999: Pilgrim Tours

February 1999: Special Trains of the 1950s and 1960s

January 1999: Ticket Envelopes

December 1998: Holiday Advertising Material

November 1998: New York City Travel Advertising Material

October 1998: Boston Travel Advertising Material

September 1998: The Hurricane of 1938 -- 60th Anniversary

July 1998: The New Haven Goes Back to Cape Cod

June 1998: The 1964/1965 New York World's Fair

May 1998: Official Gifts of the McGinnis Era

April 1998: System Timetables

March 1998: Pre-War Advertising Brochures

February 1998: New Haven Railroad Freight Service Advertising from the 1950s and 1960s

January 1998: The Snow Trains

December 1997: Hotel Montclair Advertisement ca. 1939

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