This simulated French railway train was used by the American Legion to promote membership in the organization. The American Legion was started by WWI veterans, some of whom had┬átravelled to the battlefront in boxcars on the French railways. The boxcars were marked 40 and 8, meaning they would hold forty men or eight horses. In 1949, the government of France gave an antique boxcar to each state in the US, in gratitude for America’s help in winning liberation from the Nazis.

American Legion Publicity Train at Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1950

1950 Photo by Irving Cornell

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