Billboard Refrigerator Cars

Richard H. Hendrickson and Edward S. Kaminski

Published by Signature Press, 2008
ISBN 10: 1930013221 / ISBN 13: 9781930013223
Used / hardcover / Quantity Available: 0
Available From More Booksellers
View all  copies of this book

About the Book

We're sorry; this specific copy is no longer available. AbeBooks has millions of books. We've listed similar copies below.

Description:

Billboard Refrigerator Cars by Richard H. Hendrickson and Edward S. Kaminski The practice of painting advertisements on the freight cars of shippers and car owners dates well back into the 19th century. But in the 1920s, leasing companies realized they could contract with shippers to pass back usage payments beyond some agreed minimum. This led to an explosion of car leasing and, as this book amply demonstrates, a corresponding explosion of billboard decoration of refrigerator cars. Railroad objections, especially to the usage payment rebates, led to hearings before the Interstate Commerce Commission, which, taking effect in 1937, banned most of the leasing practices which had generated the car leasing bonanza. After World War II, a restrained billboard style made a modest comeback. Car-side advertising was only a detail of that ICC decision. But because it was the basis for a remarkable diversity of refrigerator car paint schemes in the era, the photographs of these cars have long held an interest for historians, railfans, and Model Railroader's. Thoroughly documented here are hundreds of these paint schemes, together with details of the leasing companies and car builders associated with the individual cars. More than 440 photographs, most previously unpublished, enrich this book. Even a modest amount of color information was available and is included. The authors, both recognized authorities on railroad freight car history, have done a superb job of collecting and organizing the information presented here. The book is sure to appeal to modelers and to many who are interested in railroad history. Contents: Foreword, acknowledgments, pp. 5-8; Ch. 1: Historical Background, pp. 9-18; Ch. 2: Early Billboard Refrigerator Cars, pp. 19-34; Ch. 3: Billboard Reefers of the 1920s and 1930s: Meat Packers, pp. 35-46; Ch. 4: North American Despatch, pp. 47-72; Ch. 5: North Western Refrigerator and Western Refrigerator Lines, pp. 73-92; Ch. 6: Merchants Despatch Transportation Company and Northern Refrigerator Car Company, pp. 93-122; Ch. 7: General American Refrigerator Express, pp. 123-134; Ch. 8: Union Refrigerator Transit Lines, pp. 135-156; Ch. 9: Quaker City Refrigerator Express, pp. 157-166; Ch. 10: Other Owners and Leasing Companies, pp. 167-180; Ch. 11: End of an Era, pp. 181-186; Ch. 12: Postwar Renaissance, pp. 187-199; Color Gallery, pp. 200-206; Appendix 1: Historical Color Renditions, pp. 207-208; Appendix 2: Summary of ICC Ruling, pp. 209-212; Bibliography, Index, pp. 213-222. Signature Press, hardcover with jacket, 222 pages, 8.5 x 11 x 1 in. 443 photographs, some color information, appendices, bibliography, index. Bookseller Inventory #

About this title:

Book ratings provided by Goodreads:
0 avg rating
(0 ratings)

Synopsis: The practice of painting advertisements on the freight cars of shippers and car owners dates well back into the 19th century. But in the 1920s, leasing companies realized they could contract with shippers to pass back usage payments beyond some agreed minimum. This led to an explosion of car leasing and, as this book amply demonstrates, a corresponding explosion of billboard decoration of refrigerator cars. Railroad objections, especially to the usage payment rebates, led to hearings before the Interstate Commerce Commission, which, taking effect in 1937, banned most of the leasing practices which had generated the car leasing bonanza. After World War II, a restrained billboard style made a modest comeback. Car-side advertising was only a detail of that ICC decision. But because it was the basis for a remarkable diversity of refrigerator car paint schemes in the era, the photographs of these cars have long held an interest for historians, railfans, and model railroaders Thoroughly documented here are hundreds of these paint schemes, together with details of the leasing companies and car builders associated with the individual cars. More than 440 photographs, most previously unpublished, enrich this book. Even a modest amount of color information was available and is included. The authors, both recognized authorities on railroad freight car history, have done a superb job of collecting and organizing the information presented here. The book is sure to appeal to modelers and to many who are interested in railroad history.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Bibliographic Details

Title: Billboard Refrigerator Cars
Publisher: Signature Press
Publication Date: 2008
Binding: hardcover
Book Condition: New

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

HENDRICKSON RICHARD H & KAMINSKI EDWARD S
Published by SIGNATURE PRESS (2008)
ISBN 10: 1930013221 ISBN 13: 9781930013223
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Linda Tinker Railway Books BA
(Ashbourne, Derbyshire, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description SIGNATURE PRESS, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. 2008 Signature Press. This book's greatest strength lies in its wealth of photographs, all of which are both large enough and sharp enough to depict the cars clearly and distinctly. Nearly every page contains at least two and often three photographs of different rail cars. The photographs are grouped according to car manufacturer, and the introduction to each section gives a history of that manufacturer. The books introduction gives an interesting history lesson on these types of cars, and the appendices give the reader a good idea of the colour of many of the paint schemes (since the old photographs are, naturally, monochromatic) as well as the text of the Interstate Commerce Commission ruling that ended the lives of these intriguing cars. A comprehensive index also makes finding the photographs of a particular car a quick and easy matter. Great explanation on why these cars were outlawed by 1937, and even a few colour shots along with colour shots of early reproduced HO car sides, a surprisingly good resource of history. The history of how cars were labelled during Prohibition and other snippets make the book a fascinating read. Hardcover with dw. VG. Scarce. 220pp. Bookseller Inventory # RZ-Q8ZJ-6PLG

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 75.72
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 24.08
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Hendrickson, Richard H.; Kaminski, Edwar
Published by Signature Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1930013221 ISBN 13: 9781930013223
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signature Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # P021930013221

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 123.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Hendrickson, Richard H.; Kaminski, Edwar
Published by Signature Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1930013221 ISBN 13: 9781930013223
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signature Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P111930013221

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 123.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Hendrickson, Richard H.; Kaminski, Edwar
Published by Signature Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1930013221 ISBN 13: 9781930013223
Used Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signature Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Like New. Bookseller Inventory # P011930013221

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 123.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Richard H.; Kaminski, Edward S. Hendrickson,
Published by Signature Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1930013221 ISBN 13: 9781930013223
Used Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Tacoma Book Center
(Tacoma, WA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signature Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Dustjacket included. First Edition. ISBN 1930013221. Hardback. No statement of later printing on copyright page. As New condition copy in As New condition dust jacket which we have placed in Brodart protective cover. No Signature. Bookseller Inventory # 4203816

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy Used
US$ 200.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Richard H.; Kaminski, Edward S. Hendrickson
Published by Signature Press (2008)
ISBN 10: 1930013221 ISBN 13: 9781930013223
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Signature Press, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1930013221

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 521.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds