This full size dinner plate from the Southern Pacific Railroad is the appealing "Prairie Mountain Wildflowers" pattern that was used aboard dining cars from 1931 until the mid 1950s. Passengers enjoying a meal often could look out train windows and see some of the flowers native to the railway route, that were depicted on the dinnerware on their tables!
This plate is a full 9-1/2 inches across. It is an Econo-Rim piece, a narrow-rimmed design invented by Syracuse China to conserve space on dining car table tops. It is correctly bottom marked Made Expressly for Southern Pacific Lines Dining Car Department. The green date code 9-U translates to September 1940.
In addition, and sought after by collectors, this plate marking includes the flower names: Ruby Lily, California Poppy, Baby Blue Eyes and Azalea, all depicted on the upper side.
CONDITION is lovely with NO cracks, chips, flakes or repairs. There is no age darkening or yellowing. There is only light use showing, which you must tilt the plate to see. The only issue is that the floral transfers are a bit paler color than many, but the colors are all correct. It is very difficult to find PMWF dinner plates that are not seriously worn. Many were used for years before they were discarded.
This plate will fit right in with other Syracuse China-manufactured PMWF pieces. The only difference would be its bottom marking.
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Vintage Southern Pacific Railroad China "Prairie Mountain Wildflowers" Dinner Plate