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NEWYORK CENTRAL


2012 CALENDAR Color covers. Thirteen photos inside. Historical information. $11.00 each. Ohio residents include 75¢ sales tax.


New York Central System Historical Society, Inc.


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A Digression (of Sorts)


IT STARTED WITH THIS PICTURE catching my eye. It ran in the Arts section of The New York Times, and prompted a glance at the caption. The mention of “Santa Fe railroad” and “Harvey Company” cemented my interest. The result? Discovery of Trea- sures 5: The West, 1898-1938, a fascinating new boxed set of three DVD’s produced by the National Film Preservation Foundation. Here are 36 rare, carefully restored films — 34 features that range in length from two to 87 minutes, plus two compilations of 13 “shorts,” all of them from early motion pic-


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ture history, which examine and illustrate the place of the West in American film. It should not surprise you to learn that ten films include rail footage. Several are, in fact, about trains. Indeed, the first selection, a six-minute


“Farce Comedy” entitled The Tourists (1912), records the exploits of a group of so- phisticates who arrive in Albuquerque, N.M., on a Santa Fe train. Our heroes use the brief layover to shop for gifts among the Native American merchants set up at the station (it’s a much busier scene than what


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THE HARVEY-DETOUR / NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION FOUNDATION


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