This rich design was part of a group of posters commissioned by the Santa Fe Railway to promote travel to the west. The Santa Fe Railway was founded in 1859. The company helped settle the mid-west in the later part of the 19th Century by selling real estate and farm land sanctioned by Congress. They became the second transcontinental railway to exist and expanded further with north-south routes in California. Santa Fe had a robust freight business and expanded its transportation reach with a bussing system. The company was featured in a 1945 song, "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe" sung by Judy Garland for the film "The Harvey Girls." In 1996, the railway merged with the Burlington Northern Railway to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.
The frenzy of midcentury Chicago is on full display in this poster. In our foreground is the iconic lion sculpture that lives outside the entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago. A policeman directs traffic along Michigan Avenue, with the sites of the city in the background.
This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster has been archivally backed onto linen and is in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.