The stylish Superchief train of the Santa Fe Railroad clips through red rock cliffs on its journey across the Southern United States in this striking poster. The Superchief passenger train claimed to be "The Train of the Stars", as it transported many celebrities between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles in the early 1950s when train travel was preferred by many Hollywood studios.
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 Midwest in the later part of the 19th Century by selling real estate and farmland 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.
Victor Beals (1895-1975) was an accomplished studio illustrator who worked for many American design firms. He created posters predominantly in the world of travel and tourism.
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