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Visual Evidence

Image 1: The Sleeper Car

Many railroad sleeper cars were owned and operated by separate companies other than the railroad company itself.

Many railroad sleeper cars were owned and operated by separate companies other than the railroad company itself. For example, the Pullman Palace Car Company constructed and staffed its sleeper cars on railroads such as the B&O Railroad. Pullman Porters usually worked inside the sleepers making and unmaking beds and assisting travelers retiring for the evening.

Questions for Image 1:

 
  1. Describe what you think it would be like to sleep on a sleeper car from this time in the early to mid-1800s.

  2. Why do you not see any women in this image?

  3. Why did railroads eventually add special sleeper cars to their passenger trains?
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