Modern Traveling Luxury on the Rock Island Route.

Chicago: Cameron, Amberg & Co., Printers; [and] Shober & Carqueville Lithographers, [circa mid-1860s-70s].

Trade card (13 x 7.5 cm.), printed both sides, the verso in chromolithography depicting the interior of a dining car with tables set in anticipation of the passengers’ meals. Text on the recto reads, “These Dining and Restaurant Cars run on the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, between Chicago and Omaha, are, in all respects, the most luxurious traveling conveniences on the American continent. A bottle of fine French wine is served for an additional fifteen cents, with an Extra Fine Meal, for which only seventy-five cents is charged. Passengers will bear in mind that these are not the commonly-called Hotel Cars, with their attendant high prices and bed-room odors. Our Dining Cars are used for no other purpose. All meals on Overland Trains are served in them. A. Smith, Sup’t Dining Car Line.” The company became the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad in 1866 (the company changed names frequently). In the mid-1870s, the company established its Chicago-Omaha route. As such, this card likely dates between the mid-1860s and mid-1870s. The railroad became known for introducing the first "elegant" dining cars to passenger trains, and the lithograph on this trade card (by Shober & Carqueville Lithographers of Chicago) exudes elegance indeed. No tears, folds or bends; slight glue residue on back.

Price: $225.00