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This is a blanket from the New York Central Railroad, one that would have been taken in a "work car" along the tracks to a work site, where crews would sleep in bunks until the job was finished and they would be brought back.
Its NYCS black printed-on monogram dates it to between 1935 and 1968, the period when the NYC referred to itself as New York Central System. What a truly unusual piece of railway memorabilia!
Work car blankets are hard to find. They were used and abused and usually finally discarded as rags. Although deteriorating passenger car blankets would be handed down to the work crew, the NYCRR ordered bedding specifically for these bunk cars, including blankets that were nowhere near as luxurious as those purchased for passenger use. This is one of the survivors.
SIZE is approximately 60 inches by 74 inches. Our third picture shows the blanket atop a Queen size bed. It would be great folded down to a sofa-back display, and it is in good enough condition to actually use if you like. It would be wonderful across the bottom of the bed to warm up cold feet!
This is a wool blanket and will require moth protection; a dry cleaner could treat it, or you can simply put it in storage for spring and summer.
CONDITION: Surprisingly good, actually excellent. All the binding stitching is firm and tight with no breaks. The fabric is a very thick, "furry," fuzzy nap with a great deal of depth. There is little or no moth damage!! We could find only THREE actual holes: two are shown, the third is difficult to find about 1 inch across and none were caused by moths. PLEASE SEE OUR LAST THREE PICTURES. There is one area near a corner where the nap has worn off the underlying base weave. The only other issue we notice is a pale "line" down the middle where it must have been hung and some fading occurred.
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Vintage New York Central Railroad NYCS Monogram Work Car Bunk Blanket
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