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Southwest postcard, early 1970s.

Color paper postcard featuring an Amtrak train traveling through a desert landscape at sunset. This card is one of a set produced by Amtrak with various images of trains and interiors.

Southwest postcard, early 1970s.

Depending on the year, this card most likely shows the Chicago-Los Angeles Super Chief  or Southwest Limited, which passed through desert landscapes in New Mexico and Arizona (today this route is served by the Southwest Chief ). As the card notes, "See it all through our large picture windows...or over drinks from the lounge car. It's a wonderful way to travel!"

An EMD E9A locomotive leads the train and wears the first Amtrak paint scheme introduced in 1972. Built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division, these locomotives came to Amtrak when it took over the nation's intercity passenger rail services.

Postcards were often sold on board trains and in stations, or provided as a complimentary gift to sleeping car passengers.

From the Ann Owens Collection.