Friday, September 5, 2014

An Engine's Story

Somewhere in Illinois there is a magnificent train museum.  Not the kind of train museum filled with scale models, oh no.  This museum is filled with large old locomotives, collections of trolly cars, dining and sleeper cars you can walk through and the most beautiful industrial designed machines.  We visited this place and I was quite impressed- and I'm not even "into" trains!  I particularly liked the smooth, rounded art deco styled engines from the 1930's-1950's.  What a golden age of mechanical design!   

Look at this beauty!

Here is a simple little book with the best vintage train pictures.  Published in 1928 I'm pretty sure we saw this very same engine at the museum.  The text is straightforward and describes how a train runs and all the parts and people working on it.  It was originally a school book (a Social Science Reader).  Really I just love the illustrations.

An Engine's Story
Helen S. Read
illustrated by Eleanor Lee 1928

Children playing "train".


  1. Hi Katie! I just found your blog and I absolutely love it, you remind a little of myself and my dad! I also saw your etsy shop and I think the "good mail day" is such an incredible idea. I love writing letters (and filling big parcels) to my family and closer friends all the time, so I know how it feels like to receive one, and yours look so magical :)

  2. Another letter writer- how wonderful!