The New Empire State Express

Leslie Ragan (1897-1972) Artist
1941 Date:
New York Central Railroads Publisher
Brett Lithographing Company, New York City Printer
Photomechanical print on paper Medium
Gift of the New York Central Railroad Credit
1959.130.163 Accession number
On December 7, 1941, New York Central Lines debuted its new Empire State Express, a sleek, streamlined train that artist Leslie Ragan depicted here in an autumnal Hudson Valley setting. It was an auspicious occasion since the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor occurred 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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