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New Haven Railroad Ticket Envelopes
January 1st, 1999
The New Haven Railroad always put advertisements on its ticket envelopes. Often, but not always, these
were railroad advertisements. Here is a small selection of New Haven Railroad ticket envelopes that were used
from the 1930s to the 1960s. Advertising materials from the collection of Marc Frattasio. All
images have been reproduced at approximately 10% actual size.
Here is a typical ticket envelope from the early 1930s. It advertised the New
Haven's 'Short Line' route between Boston, MA and New Haven, CT over the former
New York & New England 'Midland Division'. Note the I-4 pulling a train of
This is a ticket envelope from the mid 1930s which promoted spending your
summer vacation in New England.
Here is another New Haven Railroad ticket envelope from the mid 1930s which
promoted the train as a money saving means of travel. This was of course the era of
the 'Great Depression'!
This ticket envelope from the mid to late 1930s promotes the New Haven's new
fleet of Pullman Standard (Worcester built) lightweight passenger coaches. These cars
had sealed picture windows and mechanical air conditioning.
This 1939 ticket envelope advertises the New Haven Railroad's 'Rail-Auto
Travel Plan'. This promotion combined a train ticket with a car rental at the
passenger's destination. Note the Baldwin I-5 class streamlined steam locomotive
and the train of Pullman Standard lightweight coaches!
This ticket envelope from 1940 advertises New Haven Railroad passenger train
service to the World's Fair which was held in New York City during 1939 and 1940.
Here is an early Second World War ticket envelope with a plea for passengers to
check their baggage before getting on their train. The reason given in the text is that
the soldiers on the trains needed the space in the overhead baggage racks for their
This ticket envelope from 1946 was part of an unprecedented New Haven Railroad
freight and passenger traffic advertising campaign which was conducted during the
early postwar years.
This 1947 ticket envelope features an advertisement from the New Haven
Railroad's industrial development organization. It is a plea for businesses to locate
in New England.
The cover of this ticket envelope from 1950 features an interesting cartoon colonial
character holding a streamlined New Haven passenger train pulled by an Alco/GE PA
This 1954 ticket envelope features an advertisement for the Hertz car rental
agency which includes artwork of a New Haven Railroad passenger train. The R.S.
Robie/Hertz company was controlled by the Dumaine family at that time.
This is a ticket envelope from 1955. It is unusual in that it depicts an Alco/GE
DL-109 diesel locomotive in Herbert Matter's new image red, white, and black
colors. Only one DL-109 ever got this paint scheme.
This ticket envelope dates from the late 1950s. It advertised the New Haven
Railroad's family fare. Full fare for adults, half fair or less for children, depending
upon age. Note the understated NH logo. This was typical of the Alpert
This ticket envelope from 1964/1965 advertised the New York World's Fair and
demonstrates the EMD FL-9 diesel-electric-electric locomotive motif commonly used
during the railroad's final decade.
This is one of the last ticket envelopes used by the New Haven Railroad before it
was absorbed by the Penn Central on January 1st, 1969.
Here is one for the collectors. At left we see the back side of a typical 1930 to
1954 New Haven Railroad ticket envelope. At right is the back side of a typical
1955 to 1969 ticket envelope. Note the old and new image logos. Often, the New
Haven Railroad would stick additional advertising under the flap of the envelope.
Both of these ticket envelopes advertised car rental services under their flaps.