To the Orient - Canadian Pacific - vintage advertising poster
Canadian Pacific is a historic Canadian Class I railroad incorporated in 1881. Between the 1890s and 1933, the CPR transported raw silk from Vancouver, where it had been shipped from the Orient, to silk mills in New York and New Jersey. A silk train could carry several million dollars' worth of silk; so they had their own armed guards. To avoid train robberies and so minimize insurance costs, they travelled quickly and stopped only to change locomotives and crews, which was often done in under five minutes. The silk trains had superior rights over all other trains; even passenger trains (including the Royal Train of 1939) would be put in sidings to make the silk trains' trip faster. At the end of World War II, the invention of nylon made silk less valuable; so the silk trains died out.
|Poster Size||61 / 91.5 cm, 40 / 60 cm|
|Medium||High Quality 180gsm Photo Matt Paper|