My father-in-law used to work as a traffic manager for the West Side Lumber Company back in the 1940's and 50's, and sales representatives from the various railroads would give him things, hoping to encourage him to route West Side's cars over their lines. We came across a number of vintage matchbooks from an assortment of railroads in an old coffee can, so I thought I would just share them with you today. This little box held matchbooks from the Cotton Belt Route:
Here we have Illinois Central, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway - "The Chessie System":
Rock Island, Chicago and NorthWestern System, and Erie Railroad:
The Cotton Belt Route (from inside that box, above), and the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad:
Toledo, Peoria and Western, and The Wabash (perhaps you have heard the old song "The Wabash Cannonball"?):
My husband is a retired railroad man, and we love our RR collectibles!