Medina: Alvin F. Staufer, 1962. First Edition. Octavo; 304pp + appendix of 32 color plates. Approximately 1000 documentary B&W photographs embedded in text. Pictorial dust jacket reproducing full-color Grif Teller painting. Maroon cloth with gilt spine stamping and Pennsylvania Railroad emblem in gilt on front panel.
Dust jacket tanned; remains of moisture stain on spine; small closed tears at edges and spine crown and foot, but complete with no major chips. Remains of previous owner's scotch tape on jacket flaps. Binding shows some abrading at spine crown and foot. Textblock unmarked, very clean.
A detailed and fond historical survey by a team of expert aficionados. "This is the story of . . . the time when the Nation's largest railroad presided over the largest and most unique fleet of steam motive power in the land."
The highlight of the volume is an appendix with 32 full-color reproductions of railroad calendar art by Grif Teller and other noted rail painters—all visionary and idealized, some nostalgic, some schmaltzily patriotic, and some thrillingly futuristic. Grif Teller did for locomotives what his close contemporary Chesley Bonestell did for outer space.