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  • This colour image shows five railway-themed postcards on a green background arranged in a fan from top right to bottom left.
  • In this colour photograph taken in 1972 by the railfan designer Ian Logan, a conductor with a dark blue cap rides the caboose at the end of a Chicago-New Orleans train of the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.
  • In this colour photograph taken by the railfan designer Ian Logan in 1972, an engineer wearing a blue cap smiles down from the cab of his Union Pacific EMD SD4 Locomotive 446, painted Armour Yellow with a grey roof and a slogan in red letters proclaiming Dependable Transportation.
  • In this colour photograph taken by the railfan designer Ian Logan in 1972, the side of a brown Santa Fe boxcar carries the legend Shock Control in bold white capitals and the slogan A smoother ride in a light-yellow script face.
  • On this engineman’s pass issued by the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, the nickname Nickel Plate Road adopted by the company is printed in bold black type on a patterned pink background with the date 1926 and the number of the pass in red,
  • In this colour photograph taken by the railfan designer Ian Logan in the 1970s, a freight train rumbles across asparagus fields in Salinas Valley, California, with ploughed furrows lending perspective to the foreground and blue-grey mountains, hazy clouds and a deep blue sky forming the backdrop.
  • In this black-and-white image of the back of the card, the words Post Card appear in an open-face font. A vertical dividing line of small type identifies the publisher. The right half of the card has a space for the stamp and five lines for the address. The left half carries a small caption at the bottom identifying the source of the image on the front.
  • Postcards are laid out on a table, with one selected for writing.
  • “Ian Logan’s collected work here is an invaluable and unique archive.”
    Arts & Collections Review

Vintage Railroad Postcards Rolling Along (Pack of 5)

By Ian Logan


Keep your long-distance friendships rolling along whilst celebrating American railroad history with these retro postcards, which capture freight trains in motion from the 1920s to the 1970s. These cards use rare images from the collection of the railfan designer Ian Logan.

  • RRP: £5.50 (incl. VAT)
  • Format: 106 mm x 142 mm landscape
  • Paper: 320 gsm Omnia Natural
  • Weight: 31.25 g
  • ISBN: 978 1 8733 2966 5
  • Publication: October 2022
  • Delivery
  • UK: 75p
  • International: £1.55

Ian Logan’s passion for vintage railroad graphics was rooted in a Fifties and Sixties childhood attuned to the sounds of folk, skiffle and blues. Hearing Lonnie Donegan’s hit ‘Rock Island Line’ on the radio in 1961 Ian was inspired to pack up and go to America to see the names, the places and the trains for himself.

He has selected the images on these postcards from his collection of Kodachrome slides and printed ephemera, built up over a lifetime of journeys across America. You can now join him on a time traveller’s overland train trip, complete with an engineman’s pass.


Union Pacific EMD SD4 Locomotive 446, Vernon Yards, Los Angeles, 1972

Nickel Plate Road Engineman’s Pass, 1926

Santa Fe Boxcar, Burlington Yards, Kansas City, 1972

Salinas Valley, California, Christmas Day 1972

Illinois Central Gulf Caboose, Burlington Yards, Kansas City, 1972


In this colour photo, a smiling Ian Logan sports a Biro in the pocket of his blue open-neck shirt.

Ian Logan was at the centre of the design revolution that marked the end of post-war austerity. He studied at the Central School of Art and Design in London (now Central St. Martin’s), and won a scholarship to the Konstfack, Stockholm’s University of Arts, Crafts and Design. In the early 1960s he joined JRM Design, a fabric print company set up by a group of Central graduates in an almost derelict building in London’s East End. Ian and his partners produced prints for up-and-coming fashion designers such as Mary Quant and Jeff Banks, and designed a tin tray with a Middle Eastern-inspired motif that became enormously successful, first in Carnaby Street and then all over the UK.

Mad on Americana

In the mid-1970s he set off in a new direction. Inspired by decorative Victorian tin boxes, he produced a range of tins for Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Whittard of Chelsea and the National Trust. Commissions came from France, the Netherlands and the United States, for which he developed the Americana range featuring diners, gasoline stations and collectable cars. His obsession with Americana has inspired a book, too. Logomotive is a visual tribute to the design and marketing of mid-century American railroads, full to bursting with pictures and ephemera from Ian’s collection.

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