Chicago Railroad Fair records
MSCRRF83

 An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Summary Information

Repository
Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives
Creator
Chicago Railroad Fair (1948).
Title
Chicago Railroad Fair records
ID
MSCRRF83
Date
1948-1952
Extent
24.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract:
The Chicago Railroad Fair, held during the summers of 1948 and 1949, was designed to demonstrate to the public the role which the railroads had played in the development of the United States. The collection consists of correspondence, by-laws, financial records, minutes, sheet music, contracts, blueprints, newspaper clippings, sketches and drawings, published materials, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

Chicago Railroad Fair records, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Administrative History

The Chicago Railroad Fair was organized under the leadership of the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and its president, Lenox Riley Lohr (1891-1968); and incorporated as a not for profit corporation in the State of Illinois on February 25, 1948. To finance the fair, leading U.S. railroad companies were invited by the Chicago Railroad Presidents' Conference to contribute organizational funds, thereby making them members of the corporate enterprise. The railroads were asked to contribute monies based on an apportionment of their 1947 gross revenues, and varying according to whether or not they directly served Chicago. The minimum amount requested from any railroad was $5,000 and the maximum was $75, 0000. Subscriptions were collected by the Chicago Railroad Presidents' Conference for the Railway Centennial Celebration in 1948, and then transferred to the Chicago Railroad Fair. The contributions from the thirty-nine railroad companies which jointly sponsored the Fair were in the form of loans - as indicated by the certificates of indebtedness which did not pay interest and were payable only to the extent that funds were available after the closing of the Fair. In 1950, after all expenses had been paid, $487, 998.92 was available for pro-rata distribution to the sponsoring railroads.

The goal of the Chicago Railroad Fair was to demonstrate to the public, the role which the railroads had played in developing this country. The Fair was organized "to celebrate the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Opening of the West in the United States, by holding an Exposition in Chicago, showing in Educational, Scientific and Graphic form the building and development of the Railroads of North America with a demonstration of their place and importance in the American Economy.

The Fair was held during the summers of 1948 and 1949 in the Burnham Park area of the Chicago Park District. Originally, the Fair was to have been in operation only for the summer of 1948. Public enthusiasm and interest, however, induced Fair officials and sponsors to plan for an expanded 1949 run. The contract with the Chicago Park District had given the Chicago Railroad Fair the option to operate for an extended period - not later than October 1, 1949 - and this option was exercised. Negotiations were made conducted between the Chicago Railroad Fair granted the use of the above premises to the Fair; provided for compensation to be paid to the Park District, based on a percentage of the Fair's revenues after taxes; outlined the additions and alterations the Fair might make the grounds; and set the guidelines for the concessionaires at the exposition. Railroad companies and other exhibitors were responsible only to the Chicago Railroad Fair and had no contractual agreements with the Chicago Park District.

The Chicago Railroad Fair was structurally organized into several administrative units: executive office, special events, exhibits, operations, pageant, publicity office, and the office of the treasurer. Lenox R. Lohr and his executive officer, Daniel MacMaster, were empowered to sign all contracts and supervise all aspects of the Fair.

The March, 1950, contract with the Chicago Park District released the Chicago Railroad Fair from all obligations and liabilities assumed under the basic contract of 1948. The Fair secured releases from all of the railroad companies and other exhibitors which had buildings on the grounds, thereby releasing them from their obligations to the Chicago Railroad Fair. All buildings and facilities were then turned over the Chicago Park District. On May 4, 1950, the members of the Chicago Railroad Fair, Inc. met and voted to dissolve the corporation. The articles of dissolution were executed and filed on June 13, 1950.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, by-laws, financial records, minutes, sheet music, contracts, blueprints, newspaper clippings, sketches and drawings, published materials, and photographs. The materials pertain to the administration and programs of the Chicago Railroad Fair.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Richard J. Daley Library Special Collections and University Archives 2006-09-13

801 S. Morgan Street
Chicago, Illinois, 60607
312.996.2742

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Chicago Railroad Fair (1948). -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Chicago Political and Civic Life.
  • Fairs and Pageants.
  • Railroads -- United States -- History -- Exhibitions.

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Collection Inventory

Series I: Board of Directors Minutes 

Box Folder

Articles of Incorporation, 1948 

1 1

Board of Directors - membership lists, 1948 

1 2

Board of Directors Meetings - agenda, 1948-1950 

1 3

Board of Directors Meetings - minutes, 1950 

1 4

Board of Directors Meetings - minutes, 1949 

1 5

Board of Directors Meetings - minutes, 1948 

1 6

By-laws, undated 

1 7

Charter, undated 

1 8

Chicago Park District Contract, 1948 

1 9

Chicago Railroad Presidents' Conference, 1948 

1 10

Executive Committee, 1948 

1 11

Exhibitors Meetings and Notes, 1948 

1 12

Mayor's Resolution, 1948 

1 13

Membership Certificates, 1948 

1 14

Membership List, 1948 

1 15

Pre-Opening Rules and Regulations, 1949 

1 16

Railroad Centennial Subscriptions, 1948 

1 17

Railroad Centennial Celebration, 1948 

1 18

Resolution of Original Minutes, 1948 

1 19

Rules and Regulations, 1949 

1 20

Sponsoring Railroads, 1948 

1 21

Sponsoring Railroads and Amounts Contributed, undated 

1 22

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Series II: Executive Office 

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1949-1950 

1 23

Correspondence, 1949 

1 24

Correspondence, 1949 

1 25

Correspondence, 1949 

2 26

Correspondence, 1949 

2 27

Correspondence, 1948 

2 28

Correspondence, 1948 

2 29

Correspondence, 1948 

2 30

Correspondence, 1948 

2 31

Telephone Calls, 1948 

2 32

Akron, Canton and Youngstown R.R., 1948 

2 33

Associated British and Irish Railways, 1949 

2 34

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, 1949-1950 

2 35

Atlanta and West Point R.R., 1948 

2 36

Atlantic Coast Line R.R., 1949 

2 37

Baltimore and Ohio R.R., 1948-1950 

2 38

Boston and Maine R.R., 1948-1949 

2 39

Canadian Railways, 1948-1949 

2 40

Chesapeake and Ohio R.R., 1948-1950 

2 41

Chicago and Eastern Illinois R.R., 1948-1949 

2 42

Chicago and Illinois Midland R.R., 1948-1949 

2 43

Chicago and North Western R.R., 1948-1949 

2 44

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy R.R., 1948-1950 

3 45

Chicago Great Western R.R., 1948-1949 

3 46

Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific R.R., 1948-1950 

3 47

Colorado and Wyoming R.R., 1948-1949 

3 48

Denver and Rio Grande Western R.R., 1948-1949 

3 49

Detroit and Toledo Shore Line R.R., 1948 

3 50

Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range R.R., 1948-1949 

3 51

Eastern Railroads, 1948-1949 

3 52

Elgin, Joliet and Eastern R.R., 1948-1949 

3 53

Erie R.R., 1948-1949 

3 54

Florida East Coast R.R., 1948-1949 

3 55

Grand Trunk Western R.R., 1948-1950 

3 56

Great Northern Railway, 1948-1950 

3 57

Green Bay and Western R.R., 1948-1949 

3 58

Gulf, Mobile and Ohio R.R., 1948-1950 

3 59

Illinois Central R.R., 1948-1950 

3 60

Lake Superior and Ishpeming R.R., 1949 

3 61

Lancaster and Chester Railway, 1949 

3 62

Monitou and Pikes Peak Railway, 1949 

3 63

Mexican Railroads, 1948 

3 64

Minneapolis and St. Louis R.R., 1948-1949 

3 65

Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie R.R., 1948-1949 

3 66

Monon Road, 1948-1949 

3 67

Monogahela Railway, 1948-1949 

3 68

Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis R.R., 1948 

3 69

New York Central, 1948-1949 

3 70

Nickel Plate Road, 1948-1950 

3 71

Norfolk and Southern Railway, 1948-1949 

3 72

Northern Pacific Railway, 1948-1949 

3 73

Pennsylvania R.R., 1948-1950 

3 74

Pittsburgh and West Virginia R.R., 1948-1950 

3 75

Pullman Company, 1948-1949 

3 76

Rock Island Lines, 1948-1950 

3 77

Santa Fe R.R., 1948-1949 

4 78

Seaboard Air Line R.R., 1949 

4 79

Short Line R.R., 1949 

4 80

Southern Pacific R.R., 1948-1949 

4 81

Southern Railway System, 1948-1949 

4 82

Spokane, Portland and Seattle R.R., 1948-1949 

4 83

Tennessee Central Railway, 1948 

4 84

Texas-Mexican Railway, 1948-1949 

4 85

Union Pacific R.R., 1948-1949 

4 86

Wabash R.R., 1948-1949 

4 87

Western Pacific R.R., 1948-1949 

4 88

Wisconsin Central Railway, 1948-1949 

4 89

A, 1948-1949 

4 90

Actor's Equity Association, 1948-1949 

4 91

Advertising agencies and magazines, 1948 

4 92

Aetna Stationers, 1948 

4 93

American Bank Note Company, 1948-1949 

4 94

American Car and Foundry Company, 1949 

4 95

American Locker Company, 1949 

4 96

American Red Cross, 1948-1949 

4 97

American Steel Foundries, 1948 

4 98

Army and Navy participation, 1948-1949 

4 99

Association of Western Railways, 1949 

4 101

Automobiles, 1948 

4 102

B, 1948-1950 

4 103

Black, M. P. - Chief Engineer, 1948-1949 

4 104

Bonner and Harris, 1949 

4 105

Budd Company, 1948-1949 

4 106

Building and Labor, 1948-1949 

4 107

Butler Motors, Inc., 1948-1949 

4 108

"C" 1948-1950 

4 109

Carl Byoir and Associates, 1948-1949 

4 110

Carahan, Slusser and Michell, 1948 

4 111

Carroll Construction Company, 1948-1949 

4 112

Central Watch Service, 1949 

4 113

Century Lighting, Inc, 1948-1949 

4 114

Chicago Daily News, 1949 

5 115

Chicago Federation of Musicians, 1949 

5 116

Chicago Fence and Equipment Company, 1948 

5 117

Chicago Freight Car and Parts Company, 1949 

5 118

Chicago Lake Front Fair, 1949-1950 

5 119

Chicago Park District, 1948-1949 

5 120

Chicago Transit Authority, 1949-1950 

5 121

Chicago Tribune, 1948-1949 

5 122

City Club of Chicago, 1948 

5 123

City National Bank and Trust Company, 1948-1950 

5 124

Civil Aeronautics Administration, 1948 

5 125

Coda Construction Company, 1948 

5 126

Commemorative Coin, 1948 

5 127

Commemorative Stamp, 1948-1949 

5 128

Commonwealth Edison Company, 1948-1949 

5 129

Consolidated Concessions, 1948-1949 

5 130

Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co., 1948 

5 131

Crane Company, 1948 

5 132

D, 1948-1950 

5 133

Dudley Pictures Corporation, 1948-1949 

5 134

E, 1948-1949 

5 135

Edison Institute, 1949 

5 136

Edmanson - Bock Catering Company, 1948-1949 

5 137

Elgin National Watch Company, 1949 

5 138

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1948-1949 

5 139

Engles, Earl, 1949 

5 140

Exposition Authority Statute, 1949 

5 141

F, 1948-1949 

5 142

Fire Commissioner, 1948-1949 

5 143

Fleming Saxton Company, 1948 

5 144

Florsheim Shoe Company, 1948-1949 

5 145

Ford Motor Company, 1948 

5 146

Fred Harvey Restaurants, 1948 

5 147

Freedom train, 1948-1950 

5 148

G, 1948-1949 

5 149

Gardner displays, 1948 

6 150

General American Transportation Corp., 1949 

6 151

General Motors Corp., 1948-1949 

6 152

Gray, General Carl R. - Veterans Administration, 1948-1949 

6 153

H, 1948-1949 

6 154

H.D. Lee Company, 1948 

6 155

Harley-Davidson Motor Company, 1948-1949 

6 156

Helen McLean Restaurant, undated 

6 157

Heywood -Wakefield Company, 1948 

6 158

I, 1948-1949 

6 159

Illinois State Fair, 1948 

6 160

Indemnity Insurance Company of North America, 1948-1951 

6 161

J, 1948-1949 

6 162

J.C. Deagan, 1949 

6 163

J. I. Case Company, 1949 

6 164

J. M. Corbett Company, 1948 

6 165

Juvenile Protective Association, 1949 

6 166

K, 1948-1949 

6 167

Karland Cartage Company, 1948 

6 168

Kline, Melvin R., 1949 

6 169

L, 1948-1949 

6 170

Lehmann, Otto W., 1948 

6 171

Lohr, Major Lenox L, 1948-1949 

6 172

M, 1948-1950 

6 173

MacMaster, D. M., 1948-1949 

6 174

MacMaster, D. M. - speeches, 1949 

6 175

Marsh and McLennan, 1948-1949 

6 176

Monsen, Roy, 1949 

6 177

Morris, Doyle S., 1948-1949 

6 178

Museum of Science and Industry, 1948-1949 

6 179

N, 1948-1949 

6 180

National Safety Council and safety suggestions, 1948 

6 181

Neely Printing Company, 1948-1949 

6 182

New York Costume Company, 1948-1949 

6 183

O, 1948-1949 

6 184

P, 1948-1949 

6 185

Perey Turnstiles, 1948 

6 186

Photographers, 1948 

7 187

Pine Room, 1949 

7 188

Pullman - Standard Car Manufacturing Company, 1948 

7 189

Pyle - National Company, 1948-1949 

7 190

R, 1948-1949 

7 191

Railroad Retirement Board, 1948 

7 192

Railway Locomotive Historical Society, 1948 

7 193

Railway Business Association, 1948 

7 194

Railway Express Agency, 1948-1949 

7 195

Railway Supply Manufacturers, 1948 

7 196

Ralph H. Burke Construction Co., 1948-1949 

7 197

Reiicke, Meyer, and Finn, 1948-1949 

7 198

Reynolds Metal Company, 1948-1949 

7 199

S, 1948-1950 

7 200

Sacco, Tommy, 1949 

7 201

Shaw, Metz and Dolio, 1948-1949 

7 202

Shoreline Marine Company, 1948-1949 

7 203

Speedway Wrecking Company, 1949 

7 204

Standard Oil Company, 1949 

7 205

Suggestions, 1949 

7 206

Szabo Restaurant Supplies, 1949 

7 207

T, 1948-1949 

7 208

Three Dimensions, 1949 

7 209

Train of Tomorrow, 1949 

7 210

Travelers Aid Society, 1948 

7 211

U, 1948-11949 

7 212

Unit Crane and Shovel Corp., 1948 

7 213

United States Post Office, 1948-1949 

7 214

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1949 

7 215

V, 1949 

7 216

Van Grove, Isaac, 1948-1949 

7 217

W, 1948-1949 

7 218

WBBM Radio, 1948 

7 219

Walter, Byron H., 1948-1949 

7 220

Western Passenger Association, 1948-1948 

7 221

Western Railroad Supply Company, 1948-1949 

7 222

Y, 1948-1949 

7 223

Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co., 1948 

7 224

"Z', 1948 

7 225

Correspondence, 1949-1950 

7 226

Correspondence, 1949 

8 227

Correspondence, 1949 

8 228

Correspondence, 1948 

8 229

Correspondence, 1948 

8 230

Amendment to Rules and Regulations for Exhibitors, 1949 

8 231

Amendment to Rules and Regulations for Exhibitors - Mailing list, 1949 

8 232

The Chicago Railroad Fair by Lenox Riley Lohr, undated 

8 233

Closing of Fair - Official Notice, 1948-1949 

8 234

Closing of Fair - Post-closing information, undated 

8 235

Equipment for Fair, 1948-1949 

8 236

Film inquiries, 1948-1950 

8 237

Guide books, 1948-1949 

8 238

Guide books, 1948-1949 

8 238

Guide books - correspondence, 1948-1949 

8 239

Ice show contributors, 1949 

8 240

Ice show contributors letters, 1949 

8 241

Inter-office memoranda, 1948-1949 

8 242

Location map, undated 

8 243

Miscellaneous lists - exhibitors and sponsors, undated 

8 244

Official car license plates, 1949 

8 245

Official gold license plates, 1949 

8 246

Official passes - thank you letters, 1949 

8 247

Official season passes - lists, 1949 

9 248

Personnel list, undated 

9 249

Price lists and menus, 1949 

9 250

Progress reports, 1948 

9 251

Religious letters, 1949 

9 252

Reserved seat ticket letters - presidents and directors, 1949 

9 253

Revenue and permitee contracts, 1949 

9 254

Rolling stock, 1948-1949 

9 255

Sample contract forms, 1948 

9 256

Sample form letters, 1948 

9 257

Thank you letters and participation awards - lists, 1948-1949 

9 258

Transportation survey, undated 

9 259

Whispering Smith premier, 1949 

9 260

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Series III: Treasurer's Office 

Subseries A -- Correspondence 

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1949-1950 

9 261

Correspondence, 1949 

9 262

Correspondence, 1949 

9 263

Correspondence, 1949 

9 264

Correspondence, 1948 

9 265

Correspondence, 1948 

9 266

Subseries B - Contracts and related correspondence 

Box Folder

A, 1949 

9 267

B, 1949 

9 268

C, 1949 

9 269

D, 1949 

9 270

E, 1949 

10 271

F, 1949 

10 272

G, 1949 

10 273

H, 1949 

10 274

I, 1949 

10 275

J, 1949 

10 276

K, 1949 

10 277

L, 1949 

10 278

M, 1949 

10 279

N, 1949 

10 280

P, 1949 

10 281

R, 1949 

10 282

S, 1949 

10 283

T, 1949 

10 284

U, 1949 

10 285

V, 1949 

10 286

W, 1949 

10 287

"Z". 1949 

10 288

Actor's Equity Association, 1949 

10 289

American Car and Foundry Company, 1949 

10 290

American - La France Foamite Corp., 1949 

10 291

American Locker Co., Inc., 1949 

10 292

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1949 

10 293

American Telescope Co., 1949 

10 294

Arthur Andersen and Co., 1949 

10 295

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe R.R., 1949 

10 296

Baldwin Piano Co., 1949 

10 297

Beaudry and Associates, 1949 

10 298

Bloom, Marvin E., 1949 

10 299

Brinks, Inc., 1949 

10 300

Budd Company, 1949 

10 301

Burke, Ralph H., 1949 

10 302

Carroll Construction Company, 1949 

10 303

Central Watch Service, 1949 

10 304

Century Lighting Inc., 1949 

10 305

Charles Baron, Inc., 1949 

10 306

Chesapeake and Ohio R.R., 1949 

10 307

Chicago and Eastern R.R., 1949 

10 308

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy R.R., 1949 

10 309

Chicago Cash Register Co., 1949 

10 310

Chicago Fence and Equipment Co., 1949 

10 311

Chicago Freight Car and Parts Co., 1949 

10 312

Chicago Park District, 1949 

10 313

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific R.R., 1949 

10 314

Chicago Safeway Scaffolds, 1949 

10 315

Chicago Theatrical Protective Union, 1949 

10 316

Chicago Wood and coal Co, 1949 

10 317

City National Bank and Trust Co, 1949 

10 318

Coinmeter Corp, 1949 

10 319

Consolidated Concessions, Inc., 1949 

10 320

Continental Illinois National Bank, Continental Illinois National Bank, 1949 

11 321

Courtney and Seery, 1949 

11 322

Damgaard, Otto, 1949 

11 323

Dearborn Plumbing and Heating Co, 1949 

11 324

Edison Institute, 1949 

11 325

Edmanson - Bock Catering Co., 1949 

11 326

Engels, Earl, 1949 

11 327

Exhibition Management Corp, 1949 

11 328

Frain, Andy, 1949 

11 329

G.A. Johnson and Son, 1949 

11 330

General American Transportation Corp., 1949 

11 331

General Motors Corp., 1949 

11 332

General Register Corp., 1949 

11 333

Grant, Norman, 1949 

11 334

Guide Books - correspondence, 1949 

11 335

Hecker and Co., Inc., 1949 

11 336

Heuberger and Christensen, 1949 

11 337

Hibbeler, Roy, 1949 

11 338

Hungerford Estate, 1949 

11 339

Ice Show, 1949 

11 340

Illinois Central R.R., 1949 

11 341

Internal Revenue, 1949-1950 

11 342

J.C. Deagan, Inc., 1949 

11 343

J. M. Corbett Co., 1949 

11 344

Jack Rich, Inc., 1949 

11 345

John W. Breslin Co, 1949 

11 346

Kiddieland, 1949 

11 347

Kline, Melvin R., 1949-1951 

11 348

Krueger, Paul, 1949 

11 349

London Gramophone Corp, 1949 

11 350

M and R Enterprises, Inc., 1949-1950 

11 351

McCarte and Youngquist, 1949 

11 352

McLean, Helen M., 1949 

11 353

Marsh and McLennan, 1949 

11 354

Marshall Field and Co., 1949 

11 355

Michigan Power Shovel Co., 1949 

11 356

Milbert Co., 1949 

11 357

Money Meters, Inc., 1949 

11 358

Monsen, Roy, 1949 

11 359

Morris Perlman Associates, 1949 

12 360

New York Costume Co., 1949 

12 361

Oberender, Herman, 1949 

12 362

Operator Contracts, 1949 

12 363

Personnel Recommendations, 1949 

12 364

Petrie, Clarence R., 1949 

12 365

Pine Room, Inc., 1949 

12 366

Pitney Bowes, Inc., 1949 

12 367

Poole, Norman S., 1949 

12 368

Pullman Co., 1949-1950 

12 369

Radio - Phone Corp, 1949 

12 370

Railway Express Agency, 1949 

12 371

Rappaport, Sam, 1949 

12 372

Retticker, Morrison and Kiessling, 1949 

12 373

Ruud - Nilsen Company, 1949 

12 374

S.N. Nielsen Company, 1949 

12 375

Sacco, Tommy, 1949 

12 376

Samuel Himmelfarb Associates, 1949 

12 377

Shoreline Marine Co., 1949 

12 378

South Chicago Coal and Dock Co., 1949 

12 379

Souvenir Ticket Letters, 1949 

12 380

Thearle- Duffield Fireworks, 1949 

12 381

Unit Truck Corp., 1949 

12 382

United States Army, 1949 

12 383

United States Navy, 1949 

12 384

Voorhees - Fleckles (Ice Show, 1949 

12 385

Walters, Byron H., 1949 

12 386

Warneke, Leo, 1949 

12 387

Water Ski Follies, Inc, 1949 

12 388

Wilson, Cliff, 1949 

12 389

Actors Equity Association, 1948 

12 390

American Federation of Labor, Railway Employees Department, 1948 

12 391

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1948 

12 392

American Steel Foundries, 1948 

12 393

American Ticket Corp., 1948 

12 394

Anderson and Gelbspan, 1948 

12 395

Arthur Andersen and Co., 1948 

12 396

Ashley, Frederick J., 1948 

12 397

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe R.R., 1948 

12 398

Beaudry and Associates, 1948 

12 399

Brinks, Inc., 1948 

12 400

Budd Co., 1948 

12 401

Burke, Ralph H., 1948 

12 402

Butler Motors, Inc., 1948 

12 403

Carroll Construction Co., 1948 

12 404

Central Watch Service, 1948 

13 405

Century Lighting, Inc., 1948 

13 406

Chicago and Eastern Illinois R.R., 1948 

13 407

Chicago and North Western Railway, 1948 

13 408

Chicago, Burlington and Quincy R.R., 1948 

13 409

Chicago Fence and Equipment Company, 1948 

13 410

Chicago Freight and Car Parts Company, 1948 

13 411

Chicago Gray Line, Inc., 1948 

13 412

Chicago Park District, 1948 

13 413

Chicago Railroad Presidents Conference, 1948 

13 414

Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific R.R., 1948 

13 415

Chicago Theatrical Protective Union, 1948 

13 416

Coinmeter Corp, 1948 

13 417

Consolidated Concessions, Inc., 1948 

13 418

Consolidated Press Clipping Bureau, 1948 

13 419

Crane Company, 1948 

13 420

Damgaard, Otto, 1948 

13 421

Denver and Rio Grande Western R.R., 1948 

13 422

Dowell, Maynard, 1948 

13 423

Dudley Pictures Corp, 1948 

13 424

Eastern Railroads, 1948 

13 425

Edamson-Bock Catering Co., 1948 

13 426

Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1948 

13 427

F.A. Coda Construction Co., 1948 

13 428

Frain, Andy, 1948 

13 429

General Electric Co., 1948 

13 430

General Motors Corp., 1948 

13 431

General Register Corp., 1948 

13 432

General Steel Casting Corp., 1948 

13 433

Geraghty, Helen Tieken, 1948 

13 434

Grand Trunk Western R.R., 1948 

13 435

Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Co., 1948 

13 436

Hecker and Co., Inc., 1948 

13 437

Heywood-Wakefield Co., 1948 

13 438

Hungerford Estate, 1948 

13 439

Illinois Bell Telephone Co., 1948 

13 440

Illinois Central R.R., 1948 

13 441

Internal Revenue, 1948 

13 442

International Harvester Co., 1948 

13 443

J. M. Corbett Co., 1948 

13 444

J.P. Dart Company, 1948 

13 445

James A. Barrett Company, 1948 

13 446

John W. Breslin Company, 1948 

13 447

Johnson Fare Box Company, 1948 

13 448

Mars Signal Light Company, 1948 

13 449

Marsh and McLennan, 1948 

13 450

Monsen, Roy A., 1948 

13 451

Neely Printing Company, 1948 

13 452

New York Costume Company, 1948 

13 453

Northwestern Flour and Feed Company, 1948 

13 454

Precise Engineering Company, 1948 

13 455

Pullman Company, 1948 

14 456

Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company, 1948 

14 457

Pyle National Company, 1948 

14 458

Radio-Phone Corp., 1948 

14 459

Railroad Retirement Board, 1948 

14 460

Railway Express Agency, 1948 

14 461

Ray Oakes and Sons, 1948 

14 462

Reynolds Metals Company, 1948 

14 463

Ryan Brothers Cinder Company, 1948 

14 464

S. Karpen and Brothers, 1948 

14 465

Sample Railroad Tickets, 1948 

14 466

Shaw Metz and Dolio, 1948 

14 467

South Bend Lathe Works, 1948 

14 468

South Chicago Coal and Dock Company, 1948 

14 469

Standard Railway Equipment Manufacturing Company, 1948 

14 470

Strom, Roy, 1948 

14 471

Timken Roller Bearing Company, 1948 

14 472

Unit Crane and Shovel Corp., 1948 

14 473

Unit Truck Corp., 1948 

14 474

United States Army, 1948 

14 475

United States Tent and Awning Company, 1948 

14 476

Vogt, Hella, 1948 

14 477

WGN Flag and Decorating Co., 1948 

14 478

Walters, Byron H., 1948 

14 479

Warneke, Leo, 1948 

14 480

Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company, 1948 

14 481

Subseries C - Official Passes 

Box Folder

Distinguished passes, 1949 

14 482

Employees Pass Requests, 1949 

14 483

Official Pass Letters and Lists, A-G, 1949 

14 484

Official Pass Letters and Lists, H-W, 1949 

14 485

Official Star Passes - Board of Directors, 1949 

14 486

Official Passes - Illinois General Assembly, 1948-1949 

14 487

Official Passes - Museum of Science and Industry, 1948-1949 

14 488

Employees Passes, 1948 

14 489

Official Pass Letters and Lists, A-I, 1948 

14 490

Official Pass Letters and Lists, L-Y, 1948 

15 491

Official Passes - Army and Navy, 1948 

15 492

Official Passes - Mayor and Aldermen, 1948 

15 493

Official Passes - Pageant Donors, 1948 

15 494

Subseries D - Ticket requests filled 

Box Folder

Advance ticket sales - procedures, undated 

15 495

Reserved Seat Tickets - requests and authorizations, 1949 

15 496

Ticket orders filled, 1949 

15 497

Ticket orders filled, 1949 

15 498

Ticket orders filled - A, 1948 

15 499

Ticket orders filled - B, 1948 

15 500

Ticket orders filled - C, 1948 

15 501

Ticket orders filled - D, 1948 

15 502

Ticket orders filled - E, 1948 

15 503

Ticket orders filled - F, 1948 

15 504

Ticket orders filled - G, 1948 

15 505

Ticket orders filled - H, 1948 

15 506

Ticket orders filled - I, 1948 

15 507

Ticket orders filled - J, 1948 

15 508

Ticket orders filled - K, 1948 

15 509

Ticket orders filled -- L, 1948 

15 510

Ticket orders filled - M, 1948 

15 511

Ticket orders filled - N, 1948 

15 512

Ticket orders filled - O, 1948 

15 513

Ticket orders filled - P, 1948 

15 514

Ticket orders filled - Q, 1948 

15 515

Ticket orders filled - R, 1948 

15 516

Ticket orders filled - S, 1948 

16 517

Ticket orders filled - T, 1948 

16 518

Ticket orders filled - U, 1948 

16 519

Ticket orders filled - V, 1948 

16 520

Ticket orders filled - W, 1948 

16 521

Ticket orders filled - Y, 1948 

16 522

Ticket orders filled - Z, 1948 

16 523

Subseries E - Financial Records 

Box Folder

Account classifications manual, 1949 

16 524

Accounts receivable, 1949-1950 

16 525

Accounts receivable, 1949 

16 526

Chicago Fair billings, 1949-1950 

16 527

Concession revenue working papers, 1949 

16 528

Electricity billings, 1949 

16 529

Final financial statement - thank you letters, 1950 

16 530

Financial statements, 1949-1950 

16 531

Garbage removal billings, 1949-1950 

16 532

General ledger - trial balances, 1949-1950 

16 533

Guide book sales, 1949 

16 and 17 534

Insurance certificates, 1949 

17 535

Insurance certificates, 1949 

17 536

Insurance claims, 1949-1950 

17 537

Insurance coverage - correspondence, 1949-1950 

17 538

Insurance expenses - pre-fair, 1949 

17 539

Journal voucher - supporting papers, 1949 

17 540

Preliminary budget, 1949 

17 541

Refunds to railroad companies, 1950 

17 542

Restoration releases, 1950 

17 543

Ticket sales and admission taxes, 1949 

17 544

Winterizing and maintenance expenses, 1950 

17 545

Accounts classification, 1948 

17 546

Accounts receivable, 1948 

17 547

Annual wage reports - administration, 1948 

17 548

Annual wage reports - pageant, 1948 

18 549

Budget summary, 1948 

18 550

Budget summary, 1948 

18 551

Cash sales records, 1948 

18 552

Closing expenses, 1948 

18 553

Electrical maintenance tabulations, 1948 

18 554

Entrance statistics, 1948 

18 555

Federal admissions taxes, 1948 

18 556

Financial statements, 1948 

18 557

Financial statements, 1948 

18 558

Garbage removal billings, 1948 

18 559

General administration and salary expenses, undated 

18 560

Gross revenue - summary, 1948 

18 561

Insurance certificates, 1948 

18 562

Insurance coverage - correspondence, 1948 

18 563

Insurance coverage - list, undated 

18 564

Insurance expenses, 1948 

18 565

Internal revenue, 1948 

18 566

Intra-mural train expenses, 1948 

18 567

Operating budget, 1948 

18 568

Pageant - operating expenses, 1948 

19 569

Pre-opening budget, 1948 

19 570

Revenue and expense statements, 1948 

19 571

Ticket certificates, 1948 

19 572

Trial balances and summaries of expenses, 1948 

19 573

Unused tickets, 1948 

19 574

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Series IV: Special Events 

Subseries A - Jack Reilly, Director - Corresponence 

Box Folder

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 575

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 576

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 577

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 578

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 579

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 580

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 581

Jack Reilly, Director - correspondence, 1949 

19 582

Subseries B - Correspondence 

Box Folder

Antique auto meet, 1949 

19 583

Governors invitations 1949 

19 584

Ice show, 1949 

20 585

Kiddieland, 1949 

20 586

Miniature and model trains, 1949 

20 587

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1949 

20 588

Official dining car, 1949 

20 589

Requests for concession stands, 1949 

20 590

Requests for material, 1949 

20 591

Special invitations, 1949 

20 592

Square dancing, 1949 

20 593

Talent available, 1949 

20 594

Television program, 1949 

20 595

Thank you letters, 1949 

20 596

Ticket requests - schools, 1949 

20 597

Tickets and souvenir passes, 1949 

20 598

U.S. Steel Broadcast, 1949 

20 599

WGN Radio - Party, 1949 

20 600

Water Ski Show, 1949 

20 601

Western Village, 1949 

20 602

General Passenger Agents, 1948 

20 603

Governors Invitations - declined, 1948 

20 604

Lagoon Theater, 1948 

20 605

Memoranda, 1948 

20 606

Miniature and model trains, 1948-1949 

20 607

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1948 

20 608

Model railways, 1948 

21 609

Production and talent, 1948 

21 610

Radio and television programs, 1948 

21 611

Requests for material, 1948 

21 612

Special invitations, 1948 

21 613

Tickets and reservations, 1948 

21 614

Subseries C - Special Event Days 

Box Folder

American Short Line R.R. Association Day, 1949 

21 615

Boston and Maine - Maine Central Day, 1949 

21 616

Grand Trunk Day, 1949 

21 617

Great Northern Railway Day, 1949 

21 618

Illinois Central Day, 1949 

21 619

Milwaukee Road Day, 1949 

21 620

Minneapolis and St. Louis R.R. Day, 1949 

21 621

Monon Day, 1949 

21 622

New York Central Day, 1949 

21 623

Nickel Plate Day, 1949 

21 624

Northern Pacific Day, 1949 

21 625

Pennsylvania R.R. Day, 1949 

21 626

Railroad Days - letter, 1949 

21 627

Rock Island Lines Day, 1949 

21 628

Santa Fe Day, 1949 

21 629

Texas Mexican R.R. Day, 1949 

21 630

Union Pacific Day, 1949 

21 631

Wabash R.R. Day, 1949 

21 632

Almas Temple Day, 1949 

21 633

American Indian Day, 1949 

21 634

Arizona Day, 1949 

21 635

Army and Navy Union Day, 1949 

21 636

Aurora Day, 1949 

21 637

Belmont-Central Day, 1949 

21 638

Blue Island Day, 1949 

21 639

B'nai B'rith Day, 1949 

21 640

Boy Scouts of America Day, 1949 

21 641

British Day, 1949 

21 642

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Day, 1949 

21 643

Catholic War Veterans Day, 1949 

21 644

Chicago Boys Club Day, 1949 

21 645

Chicago Day, 1949 

21 646

Chicago Heart Association Day, 1949 

21 647

Chicago Transportation Club Day, 1949 

21 648

City Days, 1949 

21 649

Colorado Day, 1949 

21 650

Conductors Day, 1949 

21 651

Continental Bank Day, 1949 

21 652

Czechoslovakian Day, 1949 

21 653

Danish Day, 1949 

21 654

Detroit Transportation Day, 1949 

21 655

Dutch Day, 1949 

21 656

Federation for Railway Progress Day, 1949 

21 657

German Day, 1949 

21 658

Grand County, Indiana Day, 1949 

21 659

Grandfathers Day, 1949 

21 660

Grandmothers Day, 1949 

21 661

Greek Day, 1949 

22 662

Hungarian Day, 1949 

22 663

Illinois Day, 1949 

22 664

Illinois Manufacturers' Association Day, 1949 

22 665

Inland Steel Company Day, 1949 

22 666

Interchurch Transportation Day, 1949 

22 667

International Apple Day, 1949 

22 668

International Guitar League Day, 1949 

22 669

Italian Day, 1949 

22 670

North Dakota Day, 1949 

22 671

Permanent daily events, undated 

22 672

Pullman Day, 1949 

22 673

Ralph Budd Day, 1949 

22 674

Scheduled Events, 1949 

22 675

Baltimore and Ohio Day, 1948 

22 676

Chesapeake and Ohio Day, 1948 

22 677

Chicago and Illinois Midland R.R. Day, 1948 

22 678

Denver and Rio Grande Day, 1948 

22 679

Elgin, Joliet and Eastern R.R. Day, 1948 

22 680

Erie R.R. Day, 1948 

22 681

Grand Trunk Western Day, 1948 

22 682

Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Day, 1948 

22 683

Illinois Central Day, 1948 

22 684

Monon Day, 1948 

22 685

New York Central Day, 1948 

22 686

Nickel Plate Day, 1948 

22 687

Railroad Days, 1948 

22 688

Railroad Days - invitations rejected, 1948 

22 689

Rock Island Lines Day, 1948 

22 690

Santa Fe Day, 1948 

22 691

Wabash R.R. Day, 1948 

22 692

Wisconsin Central Day, 1948 

22 693

American Legion, 1948 

22 694

Aurora Day, 1948 

22 695

Century of Progress Day, 1948 

22 696

Chicago Railroad Fair Day - Governor's Proclamation, 1948 

22 697

Children's Day, 1948 

22 698

Choral Croups, 1948 

22 699

City Days, 1948 

22 700

Civic, Social and Professional Clubs, 1948 

22 701

Conventions, 1948 

22 702

Daily Programs, 1948 

22 703

Dropped events, 1948 

22 704

Farm week, 1948 

22 705

German Day, 1948 

22 706

Group visits, 1948 

22 707

International Guitar League Day, 1948 

23 708

Irish Day, 1948 

23 709

Milwaukee Day, 1948 

23 710

Monument Builders of American Day, 1948 

23 711

Morse Telegraph Club Day, 1948 

23 712

National Grandmothers Day, 1948 

23 713

National Groups, 1948 

23 714

Navy Day, 1948 

23 715

Opening Day parade, 1948 

23 716

Opening Day program, 1948 

23 717

Pending events, 1948 

23 718

Peter Cooper Day, 1948 

23 719

Piggly Wiggly Day, 1948 

23 720

Pullman Day, 1948 

23 721

Railroad Equipment Suppliers Day, 1948 

23 722

Railway Business Women's Association of Chicago Day, 1948 

23 723

Retired Railroad Employees Day, 1948 

23 724

Scheduled Events, 1948 

23 725

School Groups, 1948 

23 726

Special events calendar, 1948 

23 727

State Street participation, 1948 

23 728

Tall People's club of America Day, 1948 

23 729

Veterans Participation, 1948 

23 730

Women's Finance Forum, 1948 

23 731

Arizona Day, 1948 

23 732

California Day, 1948 

23 733

Colorado Day, 1948 

23 734

Florida Day, 1948 

23 735

Georgia Day, 1948 

23 736

Idaho Day, 1948 

23 737

Illinois Day, 1948 

23 738

Indiana Day, 1948 

23 739

Iowa Day, 1948 

23 740

Kansas Day, 1948 

23 741

Kentucky Day, 1948-1949 

23 742

Massachusetts Day, 1948 

23 743

Michigan Day, 1948 

23 744

Minnesota Day, 1948 

23 745

Mississippi Day, 1948 

23 746

Missouri Day, 1948 

23 747

Montana Day, 1948 

23 748

Nebraska Day, 1948 

23 749

Nevada Day, 1948 

23 750

New Mexico Day, 1948 

23 751

New York Day, 1948 

23 752

Ohio Day, 1948 

23 753

Oregon Day, 1948 

23 754

South Carolina Day, 1948 

24 755

South Dakota Day, 1948 

24 756

State Days, 1948 

24 757

Texas Day, 1948 

24 758

Utah Day, 1948 

24 759

Vermont Day, 1948 

24 760

West Virginia Day, 1948 

24 761

Wisconsin Day, 1948 

24 762

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Series V: Gold Gulch 

Box Folder

Adobe House, 1949 

24 763

Arcade, 1949 

24 764

Assay Office, 1949 

24 765

Bank, 1949 

24 766

Barber Shop, 1949 

24 767

Bucklin, R. G., 1949 

24 768

Concession reports, 1949 

24 769

Contract file, 1949 

24 770

Court House, 1949 

24 771

Daily reports, 1949 

24 772

Equipment borrowed, 1949 

24 773

Exhibits, 1949 

24 774

Fun house and shooting gallery, 1949 

24 775

General correspondence, 1948-1949 

24 776

General store and miscellaneous exhibits, 1949 

24 777

Gold Gulch buildings, 1949 

24 778

Gold mine, 1949 

24 779

Inter-office correspondence, 1949 

24 780

Knott's Berry Farm, 1949 

24 781

Leo Warneke Restaurant, 1949 

25 782

Lyon Pony Express Museum, 1949 

25 783

Newspaper office, 1949 

25 784

Nickelodeon, 1948-1949 

25 785

Offers of equipment, 1949 

25 786

Opera House, 1949 

25 787

Personnel, 1949 

25 788

Picture Gallery, 1949 

25 789

Pony Ride, 1949 

25 790

Pre-operating expenses, 1949 

25 791

Props and properties, 1949 

25 792

Saloon, 1949 

25 793

Sketches, 1949 

25 794

Stagecoaches, 1949 

25 795

Track equipment, 1949 

25 796

Wax museum, 1949 

25 797

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Series VI: Pageant Office 

Subseries A - Correspondence 

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1949 

25 798

Correspondence, 1949 

25 799

Correspondence, 1949 

25 800

Correspondence, 1949 

25 801

Correspondence, 1949 

25 802

Correspondence, 1948 

25 803

Correspondence, 1948 

26 804

Correspondence, 1948 

26 805

Subseries B - General Information 

Box Folder

Announcer Cue Cards, undated 

26 806

Equipment used, undated 

26 807

Inter-office memoranda, 1949 

26 808

Pageant recommendations, 1949 

26 809

Personnel, 1949 

26 810

Synopsis of Scenes, undated 

26 811

Subseries C - "Wheels A-Rolling" 

Box Folder

Cues, undated 

26 812

Cues, undated 

26 813

Instrumental score - flute, undated 

26 814

Instrumental score - trumpet, undated 

26 815

Instrumental score - trumpet, undated 

26 816

Instrumental score - clarinets, undated 

26 817

Instrumental score - clarinets, undated 

26 818

Instrumental score - cello, undated 

26 819

Instrumental score - violin, undated 

27 820

Instrumental score -- bass, undated 

27 821

Instrumental score - trumpets, undated 

27 822

Instrumental score - piano, undated 

27 823

Instrumental score - piano, undated 

27 824

Instrumental score - drums, undated 

27 825

Instrumental score - drums, undated 

27 826

Miscellaneous vocal and instrumental parts, undated 

27 827

Miscellaneous vocal and instrumental parts, undated 

28 828

Musical numbers - list, undated 

28 829

Script, undated 

28 830

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Series VII: Publicity Office 

Box Folder

Correspondence, 1949 

28 831

Correspondence, 1949 

28 832

Correspondence, 1949 

28 833

Correspondence, 1949 

28 834

Correspondence, 1949 

28 835

Correspondence, 1949 

28 836

Correspondence, 1949 

28 837

Correspondence, 1949 

28 838

Correspondence, 1949 

28 839

Correspondence, 1948 

29 840

Correspondence, 1949 

29 841

Correspondence, 1948 

29 842

Correspondence, 1948 

29 843

Correspondence, 1949. 

29 844

Correspondence, 1948 

29 845

Correspondence, 1948 

29 846

Correspondence, 1948 

29 847

Correspondence, 1948 

29 848

Miscellaneous correspondence, 1948-1949 

29 849

Press releases, 1948 

29 850

Promotional cooperation by railroads - suggestions, undated 

29 851

Schedules of daily special events and press releases, 1948 

29 852

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Series VIII: Exhibits and Operations 

Box Folder

Cheney - Howard L - Director of Design and Construction - correspondence, 1949 

30 853

Closing of Fair - storing equipment, 1948-1949 

30 854

Description of exhibit areas, 1949 

30 855

Edmonson, C.W. - Superintendent of Operations - correspondence, 1948-1949 

30 856

Electrical maintenance, 1948 

30 857

Equipment, 1948 

30 858

Exhibits and concessions, undated 

30 859

Industrial exhibits - prospects, undated 

30 860

Inquiries to purchase fair equipment, 1948-1949 

30 861

Maintenance work orders, 1949 

30 862

Massmann, Paul M. - Director of Exhibits - correspondence, 1949 

30 863

Massmann, Paul M. - Director of Exhibits - correspondence, 1948 

30 864

Massmann, Paul M. - Director of Exhibits - inter-office memoranda, 1948-1949 

30 865

Massmann, Paul M. - Director of Exhibits - telegrams, 1948-1949 

30 866

Railroad exhibits - suggestions, undated 

30 867

Record book, 1948-1949 

30 868

Sign for exhibition trac, k 1948 

31 869

Trackage, 1948-1949 

31 870

Oversize financial records from Series III 

Box Folder

Ledger, 1949-1951 

31 871

Detail ledger, 1949 

31 872

General ledger, 1949 

32 873

Ledger, 1949 

32 874

Journal voucher, 1948-1949 

33 875

Ledger, 1948 

34 876

Invoices, 1949-1952 

35 877

Invoices - consignment series C, 1949 

35 878

Invoices (a-y), 1949 

36 879

Invoices, 1949 

36 880

Invoices, 1949 

37 881

Invoices, 1949 

37 882

Invoices, 1949 

37 883

Invoices, 1948-1949 

38 884

Invoices, 1948 

38 885

Invoices, 1948 

39 886

Invoices, 1948 

39 887
Box

Photographs, clippings, corporate seal, undated 

40

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Oversized Material 

Box

Broadcast records, 1948 

OV Records
Oversize

Ledger, 1949 

Ledger

Payroll journal, 1948-1949 

Payroll Journal

Blueprints, undated 


    Folder
Graphic materials   OV Kiddieland
    Folder
Graphic materials   2 OV Blueprint folders

Oversize

OV Photos 

Photos

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Supplement I 

Box Folder

Official guide book and program for the pageant "Wheels a-Rolling! and leaflets, 1948-1949 

1-SI 1

Burlington...A Modern Pioneer leaflet, 1948 

1-SI 2

The Rock Island at the Chicago Railroad Fair booklet, 1948 

1-SI 3

Szwajkart, John. Train Watchers Guide to Chicago & Supplement, 1969-1971 

1-SI 4

Santa Fe Railway Indian Village (1948 and 1949) and Vacation Notes on Santa Fe Trips (1948) booklets, 1948-1949 

1-SI 5

Postcards, leaflets - Wabash Railroad Day program, Pullman Company brochure, two Burlington Route brochures, At the Old Depot brochure, See the Exciting East by Train brochure, 1948-1949 

1-SI 6

Chuck Schaden's Nostalgia Digest and Radio Guide, August/September 1998 

1-SI 7

"The Last Great Railroad Show Chicago Railroad Fair" Trains Magazine, August 1998 

1-SI 8

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