Years ago, dining on a train was an entirely different experience in comparison to today. Service was impeccable; waiters would walk the narrow aisles careful not to spill a drop with the rails undulating beneath them. Meals prepared by chefs were on par with the finest restaurants in the country. Dinnerware did not fall short of these same standards. Railroads took great care and consideration when choosing and designing the china patterns, often incorporating regional symbols and colors associated with their service area.
In American Railroad China there are more than 100 colorful images from The Christopher Transportation China Collection, one the rarest and largest collections ever assembled. Author Kratz draws upon these images and takes the reader back in time to the heyday of the American railroads. The book includes a variety of recipes used by the railroads; essays from Richard W. Luckin, a noted historian and expert on the topic of railroad china; Jay W. Christopher, owner of the china collection; and Gregg Hertzlieb, director of the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. American Railroad China is a 2009 First Place Recipient from the American Association of Museums for its overall design and composition. This is a must-have for railroad enthusiasts and a great coffeetable book for conversation. Softcover, 72 pages, 100 color photos, 11 ½ x 8".
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