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trade card, The Great Wabash Route, May
  • United States
    Rand, McNally & Co., printer
    active 1856–1952
  • trade card, The Great Wabash Route, May, 1885
  • The Great Wabash Route
  • Where object was made: United States
  • chromolithograph
  • Object Height/Width: 67 x 140 mm
    Object Height/Width: 2 5/8 x 5 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 1928.7913.03
Label Text

A train is depicted as coming toward the viewer head-on on the left side of the card. The railroad tracks are next to a body of water on the left and grassy land on the right. The rest of the card is done in pale pink, yellow, purple, and blue. There are two yellow butterflies and red flowers. The right side of the card has the text “The Great Wabash Route May 1885.” Below the image in very small print are the words “Rand, McNally & Co.”
The verso is text. The heading reads “A Modern May Song” in all caps. Below is a poem about the Wabash.