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"Special Amtrak Trains...For The Army-Navy Game" (Washington) advertisement, 1972.

Printed paper insertion proof of an advertisement created in late 1972 to highlight special trains run between Washington and Philadelphia for the annual Army-Navy Game.

"Special Amtrak Trains...For The Army-Navy Game" (Washington) advertisement, 1972.

This advertisement was one in a series created for Amtrak between 1971 and 1973 by the Ted Bates agency of New York City. According to the writing at the bottom of the piece, it was intended for placement in Washington, D.C., newspapers. In a letter to Amtrak, the Ted Bates agency noted that advertising was placed in newspapers, radio, television and magazines, but the first two were preferred "because of their ability to present local information and immediate impact."

One of the longest running and most famous college football rivalries is between the U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Military Academy. Over the years, the Army-Navy Game has largely stayed in Philadelphia, moving in 1936 to Municipal Stadium. The increasingly popular annual event attracted crowds from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, so much so that the Pennsylvania and Baltimore & Ohio railroads began running special trains to the stadium. Amtrak continued this tradition after taking over the nation's intercity passenger rail services in 1971. In 1972, Army beat Navy, 23 to 15.

From the Amtrak Corporate Collection.