The New Empire State Express

The New Empire State Express

Accession Number: 1959.130.163
Artist: Leslie Ragan (1897-1972)
Date: 1941
1959.130.163

On December 7, 1941, New York Central Lines debuted its new Empire State Express, a sleek, strealined train the artist Leslie Ragan depicted here in an autumnal Hudson Valley setting. It was an auspicious occasion since the Japanese Bombing of Pearl Harbor occured the same day, propelling the U.S. into World War II. With the state of the war, railroad posters depicted patriotic messages in lieu of scenic vistas. 

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