Above are two postcards with illustrations of Northern Pacific Railways's North Coast Limited passenger train that operated between Chicago and Seattle via Bismarck, North Dakota. These illustrations appear to be from the 1930s, based on the passenger's fashions and the description of the train in Wikipedia:
On May 14, 1930 the North Coast Limited got new heavyweight steel cars. The new trains had brass windows, barber and valet services, a barber shop, separate bath and shower facilities for men and women, a soda fountain and radios on board. Parlor cars were added for the daylight portions of the run, so the train lost its all-Pullman status and never regained it. By 1937 most cars were air conditioned; in 1942 the lounge observation cars with open platforms were replaced by buffet solarium sleepers. By that time the train had added cheap tourist sleepers and coaches.Northern Pacific referred to itself as the "Yellowstone Park Line." The backs of these postcards also referred to "Route of the Air-conditioned North Coast Limited."
Below is another Northern Pacific advertising postcard which advertises "Route of the Completely Air Conditioned North Coast Limited." The illustration on this card is of Grand Canyon in Yellowstone Park, which is said to be "awe-inspiring" and "indescribably beautiful." The Great Fall of the Yellowstone River is twice the height of Niagara.
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