Standard Trainman, Conductor and Porter's Cap

Description
This generic railroad cap is black with a stiff crown, flat circular top and a short visor. The cap's basic shape, similar to the French kepi, was used for passenger train conductors, passenger train brakemen (also termed "trainmen"), Pullman porters (in the ten decades before Amtrak), "Red Caps" (who help travelers with their luggage at stations), and - in the 19th century and first half of the 20th - stationmasters and station agents. Hat badges and other decoration could be added to signify the wearer's position and railroad.
ID Number
TR.334516
catalog number
334516
accession number
309861
subject
Railroads
Travel
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Work
Clothing & Accessories
Transportation
Exhibition
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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