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Train Christening: 1929

Train Christening: 1929

July 14, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Ten-year-old Ellen Page Eaton will break a bottle of Potomac River water on the locomotive of a new Pennsylvania Railroad train this morning at 11 o'clock in the Union Station and christen it 'The Senator.' Little Miss Eaton is the daughter of John Eaton, crack engineer of the railroad, who is veteran of 28 years." More of the festivities first glimpsed here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Senator David I. Walsh

The gent at the left-end shaking hands looks to be Senator David I. Walsh, of Massachusetts. Below is the final bit of the article from the previous post.

Washington Post, July 14, 1929.

… Among those who will attend the ceremonies are Senator David I. Walsh, of Massachusetts, District Commissioner Proctor L. Dougherty, Charles W. Darr, president of the Washington Chamber of Commerce, and the Rev. Shera Montgomery, chaplain of the House or Representatives. Alan B. Smith, general passenger agent of the railroad, who came here from Cleveland on July 1, is in charge of arrangements. Secretary of the Navy Charles Francis Adams and Secretary of Commerce Robert P. Lamont also have been invited to attend.

[The man between the hand-shakers is Charles Darr. - Dave]

As Jimmy Durante would say

"Everybody wants to get into the act." The woman behind Miss Eaton and to her right in the picture is quite intriguing. And lovely. And elegant in her cloche hat and beads. The only thing prettier than a pretty woman is a pretty woman with a pretty hat.

Shoes and aplomb!

I like the gent to the right of little Ellen Page Eaton, holding his hat with aplomb and trying become the center of attention. And look at his fashionable shoes!


Yeah, looks like that Potomac River water didn't quite make it to the locomotive! Oh well, the thought was there.

Ready when you are, CB

It looks like this might not have been the first take.

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