Drawing, Design for Streamline Sleeper Car with Two Seat Compartment, January 16, 1935
Airbrush and watercolor, gouache, brush and metallic paint, graphite on paperboard. Museum purchase from General Acquisitions Endowment Fund. 2012-1-2
What is this?
Sleeper car with blue chair in reclined position, white pillow, cream curtains.
Why is this in our collection?
This is one of two drawings proposed for acquisition that reveal Raymond Loewy’s ideas for passenger car interior for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company (PRR). Loewy worked for the railroad from 1934 through 1952. Like his competitor, Henry Dreyfuss, who was hired by the New York Central Railroad, Loewy designed everything from locomotives (K4 class, S-1, GG-1, and T-1) and car interiors to dinnerware, napkins, and menus. The earlier drawing (2012-1-2), dated 1935, represents a concept—radical for its time—for a streamline sleeper car and compartment with a double seat that partially unfolds to form a bed. The rolled seats, porthole windows, and speed lines on the walls are all characteristic elements... more