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Visual Evidence

Image 2: Traveling in a B&O Passenger Car

This drawing from Harper’s Weekly Magazine depicts the interior of a passenger car around 1850.
                                       This drawing from Harper’s Weekly Magazine depicts the interior of a passenger car around 1850.
 
 

Questions for Image 2:

 
  1. Describe the interior of the car. How does this image differ from pictures of early railroad passenger cars?

  2. Does this look like a comfortable experience to you? Why or why not?

  3. What do you notice about the travelers in this picture? Compare them to how we dress today.

 

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