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The article about this car is a disgrace and something that an institution like the Smithsonian should be ashamed of. As Ike said it is pure BS.
The history of Jim Crow Laws and the treatment of African Americans is not what is in question here.
On Apr 7, 2019, at 4:23 PM, George Eichelberger <geichelberger@...
Ed and everyone…..
Please run the link to Smithsonian.com
at the beginning of this post and read what they say about the car…..
Total BS not worthy of them!
On Apr 7, 2019, at 3:44 PM, Ed Mims <wemims@...
I think Floquil had a color they called “Coach Green “ which is close to the color The Smithsonian used. They should know to check things like this.
According to the car specs it was Pullman Green No.4. Sides and roof.
Also if you look at the Passenger Car Diagram Book, by Bill Schafer although the restrooms in the 1200 are not labeled colored or white on page 58 the PS Jim Crow cars from 1940, 900-905 inclusive, the large restrooms were labeled Colored. Also on page 77 these partitioned cars, from 1934, also had the larger restrooms labeled colored. I doubt if SR had changed that designation when 1200 was rebuilt in the 1930. Plus the Jim Crow cars were some of the first cars that SR AC'ed after the dining cars in the mid 1930"s. I believe that the Smithsonian got it wrong.
We can dig through the specs on the rebuilds, or better yet ask George Walker at TVRM, but I prefer to say (maybe incorrectly) the passenger car color is "Southern" green rather than "Pullman". Very close but not exactly the same thing. Does anyone have specifc info?