Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Leslie Ragan artwork for 1920's Chicago railroads

During the 1920s, the interurban Chicago South Shore RR, hired numerous poster artists to advertise its trains.

Of these, the one who eventually became most famous is Leslie Ragan, whose later work for the New York Central and Budd epitomized the art of mid-twentieth-century rail paintings.

Leslie Ragan was younger than the 1880s artists, having been born in Iowa in 1897. His youth allowed his career to extend well into the streamlined age, though most of his post-war work was published as magazine ads rather than posters. His work for The New York Central Railroad has become iconic in American transportation art


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