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Santa Fe Railway Original Poster Red Cliffs by Willard Elms c1950

Santa Fe - Red Cliffs

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$950
C1946
18" x 24" - 46cm x 61cm
8720

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.

In this picturesque poster we views the beautiful cliffs along the Continental Divide in New Mexico and are immediately aware of the majesty of these cliffs because of the small forms of the 2 people on the bottom of the image. The artist, Willard Elms (1900 - 1956), was a former art teacher at the Art Institute of Chicago who received his art education there. Willard Elms owned his own studio in Chicago with his main client being the Sears Roebuck catalog. He also was an announcer for WGN radio. He came to Arizona with a well established reputation as a poster and fashion artist. He settled in Tucson in 1949 and painted numerous landscapes, scenes of San Xavier del Bac Mission at sunset, and Indian genre. He did commission work for the Santa Fe railroad such as a little Indian boy looking for the Santa Fe Chief and others.

This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is printed on heavy weight paper and in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.

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