Pullman Carafe

Description
Pullman porters used insulated chrome carafes like this to serve passengers with hot and cold drinks. The carafe is the Stanley Super Vac that was made by the Landers, Frary & Clark Company in New Britain, Connecticut during the 1930s. Inscribed with “Pullman” on the side, the carafe has instructions for use on the bottom.
Pullman cars were almost all sleeping cars with "sections" that converted from day seating to night-time berths, usually with a few separate, small rooms with their own toilet and sink. Each Pullman porter—one assigned per car—were on call throughout the day and night to serve their passengers. While the hours were stressful, pay was good because of union bargaining, especially when compared to many other jobs open to African Americans before the late 1960s. At home, porters were frequently leaders in their communities.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1935
maker
Landers, Frary & Clark
Place Made
United States: Connecticut, New Britain
Physical Description
chrome (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in; 27.305 cm x 6.985 cm
ID Number
1987.0044.06
catalog number
1987.0044.06
accession number
1987.0044
patent number
1071817
1691912
subject
Railroads
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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