Re: Oscar Mayer Freight Car taken in 1931

Peter Ness

Photoshop may be too harsh a term.  I suspect it is what I call an “advertising print”.  Somewhere in my collection I have a photo of a string of Boston & Maine boxcars lettered “B&M Baked Beans Boston, Mass.” in white lettering across the boxcars.  The lettering looks like white-out, but I am sure back in the 20’s-40’s there was some other lettering medium used.  The lettered photo would have been for use in a print ad or brochure to publicize either Oscar Mayer, or Oscar Mayers’ use of that manufacturers’ freight car, or perhaps even a new plant opening.


If it’s the “original” lettered print, the white lettering will be like white-out, and I suspect it would be cracked with age.  This is probably a duplicate print of the original hand-lettered photo. Having an original white-lettered photo is a little cool, having a duplicate maybe not so much – my opinion only.


Stay healthy,

Peter Ness


From: [] On Behalf Of Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2020 8:40 AM
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] Oscar Mayer Freight Car taken in 1931


Hi List Members,


I've been looking over this image entitled "Oscar Mayer Freight Car" taken in 1931



The billboard lettering is very cool. However, as I spend more time looking at the image, I suspect this might be a case of 1931 'photoshop' alteration.


Is this a real car with real billboard lettering, or was this image altered? Opinions?




Claus Schlund


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