Pullman Conductor's Cap

Description
This particular cap is for a Pullman conductor. The cap is black with a flat circular top and a short visor. A gold braid stretches across the top of the brim attached around a brass button on both sides of the hat. A badge stamped with Pullman Conductor is attached to the front of the cap. It was owned by Wallace O. Jarrett who spent three decades working as a Conductor on Pullman sleeping cars attached to overnight trains running out of Washington Union Station, Washington, DC. The Pullman Company built, owned and managed slepping cars on U.S. railroads from the 1870s until the 1960s.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1967
ID Number
1997.0331.02
catalog number
1997.0331.02
accession number
1997.0331
subject
Railroads
Travel
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Work
Clothing & Accessories
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

My dad was the last working Pullman Conductor in the United States. The San Francisco Chronicle did an extensive interview with him, which appeared in their Jan 6, 1969 newspaper. I have the complete uniform that he work on his last trip; including his cap which still has the train scheduled tucked inside (as pictured in the newspaper article).

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