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Amtrak wall calendar, 1981.

Multicolor printed paper wall calendar produced by Amtrak to promote its services. Annual calendar measures 23.5" x 33.5" and includes artwork by American artist Gil Reid.

Amtrak wall calendar, 1981.

Since 1974, Amtrak has been involved with the publication of an annual wall calendar that generally features a name train, new equipment or important pieces of rail infrastructure—and sometimes all three. The upper third of the calendar has featured artwork by noted railroad artists such as Gil Reid, Ted Rose and J. Craig Thorpe in mediums including watercolor, oil-on-canvas and photography.

For the 1981 calendar, Reid highlighted a growing national interest in intermodalism. Two Amtrak trains—with Amfleet and Superliner equipment—frame a collection of intercity and local transit buses in front of Los Angeles Union Station. The bottom half of the calendar shows historical scenes of old Los Angeles, as 1981 marked the two hundredth anniversary of the city’s founding. Looking closely, the two locomotives wear the fictional numbers 1781 and 1981 to mark the occasion.

Artist: Gil Reid (American, 1918-2007) for Amtrak.

From the W. Mike Weber Collection.