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Going through 1920s railroad magazine scans:





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I H- Have you found any unusual stifel fabric patterns- in any of the ads?
Seems like it’s always the basic patterns?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (3) Thanks(3)   Quote Iron Horse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 May 2020 at 7:41pm
Sansome, nothing unusual so far; dot stripe is generally shown for outerwear are such as chore coats, overalls, hats and pants, and shirts are generally polka dot.

I did find this RPPC though and have ordered it so I’ll take my smartphone macro lens to it when it arrives:



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Iron Horse- Nice photo, should be interesting!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (6) Thanks(6)   Quote Iron Horse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2020 at 7:25pm
Yep, can't wait to get it!

In the meantime, found this 1920s Stifel ad with a print made just for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad:






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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sansome Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 May 2020 at 8:17pm
There we go, now that’s cool, bet there is more we don’t know about...I think this is one of those.
Nice find IH.
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Thanks Sansome; apparently Stifel took on various custom prints like these for railroads. Here’s a salesman’s sample for one for the Erie Railroad and the corresponding wobble shank button:









And apparently the patent for one for the Santa Fe Railroad, but haven’t found a vintage example yet:

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Love that Sante Fe Super Chief pattern!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Iron Horse Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2020 at 10:46pm
Got the RPPC yesterday but the image is just a bit too small to make out the wabash/Stifel pattern, though it does look railroad to me:









This one sold in under a minute of me posting it on Instagram too!
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Nice little pic Iron, I agree, has to be some sort of RR print.
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