SANTA FE (The Chief Way) 1950s Poster


The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF) was often regarded as just the “Santa Fe,” due to its logo driven promotions and colorful print advertisement images seen during the 1940s and 1950s. Founded in February of 1859, the Santa Fe Railroad’s lines crossed through Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Although it was named after the capital of New Mexico, the rail line actually never traveled through Santa Fe due to rough terrain. The company enticed visitors with a wonderful array of images from the Western/Southwestern U.S., including this beauty. A Native American chief stares out stoically from this engaging poster, his weather-beaten face and ceremonial headdress finely drawn, vestiges of a way of life long gone.


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This is a high-quality photographic print of the original vintage travel poster. Photographed to retain original marks & wear and printed in my NYC studio. Framed in a black wooden frame or unframed.

Printed on digital press with archival matte off-white paper. Print size 12×18″. Ships securely in a protected case.

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Unframed, Black Frame