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Odds and Ends #6

January 1st, 2003

Here are a group of New Haven Railroad artifacts that have nothing in common other than the fact that each is unusual and rarely encountered. All items from the collection of Marc Frattasio.

Timetable PosterPaper was in short supply during the Second World War. As you might imagine, railroad timetables required a huge amount of paper, most of which was wasted as timetables were typically thrown away after use. To help reduce its overall consumption of paper, the New Haven produced timetable posters, such as this example for the Boston - New York route from the late spring of 1945, which were displayed at passenger stations. The idea was to provide people with an alternative to individual timetable folders.

During the McGinnis era the New Haven had a heavy canvas backed vinyl plastic upholstery made up that featured embossed NH logos. Although this fabric was intended for service on all kinds of passenger equipment, it only saw limited application on heavyweight cars, especially heavyweight electric MU cars. The New Haven also had vinyl plastic floor tiles made up with a similar pattern of NH logos during the McGinnis era, which were intended for use on passenger cars. I'd love to obtain an example of one of these floor tiles for myself...Upholstery Fabric

Lounge Car CoasterThis thick cardstock coaster saw service in New Haven Railroad bar cars, lounge cars, buffet equipped parlor cars and sleeping cars, diners, and grill cars during the mid to late 1950s.

Calendars were a common advertising giveaway on many railroads, but not on the New Haven. The New Haven produced very few advertising calendars over the years, such as this example from 1952.Calendar

Ice Cream Spoon WrapperThis is a paper wrapper for a wooden ice cream spoon. The New Haven employed men called "train boys" who walked through the coaches selling refreshments. This spoon was handed out with individual ice cream cups during the 1930s and 1940s.


December 2002: Old Saybrook China

November 2002: Platinum Blue China

October 2002: Grill Car China

September 2002: Diesel Builder's Plates

August 2002: Odds and Ends #5

July 2002: Odds and Ends #4

June 2002: Odds and Ends #3

May 2002: Odds and Ends #2

April 2002: New Haven R.R. Travel Bags

March 2002: Cost Saving Fare Promotions

February 2002: Odds and Ends #1

January 2002: Ladies' Day

December 2001: New Haven R.R. Locks

November 2001: The Streamlined Coaches

October 2001: The Comet

September 2001: Seashore Tours

August 2001: John Held, Jr. and the New Haven R.R.

July 2001: The East Wind

June 2001: The Rail-Auto Travel Plan

May 2001: Advertising Stickers

April 2001: Dietz Hand Lanterns

February 2001: Right of Way Signs

January 2001: Signal Lamps

December 2000: TDI Commuter Schedules

November 2000: To Florida on the New Haven Railroad!

October 2000: Local Schedules

September 2000: Train Service Cancellation Posters

August 2000: The New Haven Railroad Rail Charge Card

July 2000: Beverage Service!

June 2000: The Boat Race Trains

May 2000: Timetable Change Posters

April 2000: New Haven Railroad Station Signs

March 2000: The Key to New England

February 2000: Route 128 Station

January 2000: New Haven Railroad Cigarette Lighters

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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