Conductor's Cap, Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

The small stiff 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 C&EI Conductor is attached to the front of the cap. Another thin gold trim is attached at the seam just above the badge. The cap is typical of those used on may US railroads in the 1930s through the 1960s. The conductor had—and still has today—overall charge of the train and its management, the safety of its passengers, and the accounting of fares.
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Object Name
cap, conductor's
Physical Description
cloth (bag material)
ID Number
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Clothing & Accessories
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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