Plate: portrait of George Washington

Object Number: 
ca. 1952
Overall: 1 x 11 in. ( 2.5 x 27.9 cm )

A molded cream-colored whiteware service plate from the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway with printed image of bust of George Washington; Washington is shown wearing blue jacket and white cravat; plate has a lace-molded gilded rim.

Gallery Label: 

All "Old Ivory" Syracuse China was produced between 1927 to 1960. Though, on April 30, 1932, the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad inaugurated the "George Washington" as C&O's top-notch train. It was one of only two all-air-conditioned, long-distance trains operating in America. This plate design was made exclusively for the infamous train. In keeping with the theme, all the sleeping, dining, and lounge cars on this train were named for people, places, or events connected with Washington's life. In the sleeping cars, the rooms were likewise given names of people associated with him. Booklets about Washington's life, followed by descriptions of the new train, were issued in great quantity, the train appeared in advertising in major magazines and on C&O timetables, and the whole introduction was given huge attention and publicity. A country starved for good news latched onto the railway's confidence in the future and willingness to spend money to introduce a new train.The April 1952 issue of Tracks Magazine reported that... "The George Washington was also known for its diner and its beautiful china."

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Creative: Tronvig Group