Check-out the backside on this cutie <== re-purposing the phrase
I love the aura of Progress. I miss the naive optimism of the Exhibitions, Expositions, and World's Fairs.
And I miss these big, gleaming beauties rumbling into town; actually, I miss and missed them, as I am too young to remember much more than the echo of the Golden Age of Rail Travel, courtesy of b/w movies.
Hollywood, what hath thou wrought?
I imagine that the half-cent uprate from 1.5 to 2c is related to the very USPOD-looking "THIS IS THE ITEM FOR // WHICH YOU SENT POSTAGE", but what are we to understand by "SENT"? That the item was held at the city of origin? That the half-cent was paid in cash to a letter carrier, who passed it to a clerk at the delivering post office?
I have, like, so got to check if there is a written message inside.
Q/ And, BTW, has the 4th car of the big, gleaming beauty derailed?