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Porter, Horace (1837-1921) to George C. Pullman

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02879 Author/Creator: Porter, Horace (1837-1921) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Letter signed Date: 9 July 1878 Pagination: 4 p. ; 28 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Written as Vice President of the Pullman Company to the President. Discusses revenues through the previous day. Mentions that night travel has remained unchanged and daytime usage has fallen off due to the warm weather. Reports on fuel usage and conservation and employee numbers. Lists the new board members of the Metropolitan Company, of which both Pullman and Porter are members. Reports on the stockholders' meeting, of which the issue of noise pollution was mentioned. Porter writes that Thomas Edison can fix the problem with little expense. Written on Pullman's Palace Car Company letterhead.

Background Information: Pullman was the originator of the sleeping car enterprise.

People: Porter, Horace, 1837-1921
Pullman, George Mortimer, 1831-1897

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Subjects: RailroadFinanceTransportationIndustryInventorScience and Technology

Sub Era: The Gilded Age

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