Louisville & Nashville Railroad Porter's Cap

The cap is has a stiff crown and flat circular top with a short visor. A black braid stretches across the visor and is attached to the hat by buttons on each side of the hat. It has a badge on the front with the Louisville and Nashville Railroad logo, L&N and the words TRIAN PORTER. On each side is a button with the initials L&N.
This particular porter's cap was owned by Mr. Henry Taylor, a porter for the Louisville & Nashville Railroad from the 1940s through the 1960s. Mr. Taylor worked aboard the L&N Railroad's coaches on overnight trains, assisting passengers. Sleeping cars assigned to L&N overnight trains were operated by Pullman, and so the porters on those cars worked for Pullman, not for the Louisvile and Nashville Railroad.
Currently not on view
Object Name
cap, porter's
associated institution
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Becker Tailoring Co.
place made
United States: Ohio, Cincinnati
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accession number
catalog number
Clothing & Accessories
African American
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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