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Smoking On Trains: 1940-1988

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Smoking on trains 1940-1988 is a look at what was once enocuraged and is now banned.

 

Returning soldiers of the B.E.F., British Expeditionary Force, smile through a train window en route to their home station in England on June, 1940. The one at left hands out a cigarette. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.2842160  Date: 00/06/1940

Returning soldiers of the B.E.F., British Expeditionary Force, smile through a train window en route to their home station in England on June, 1940. The one at left hands out a cigarette. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.2842160 Date: 06/1940

 

One upon a time, smoking on trains was encouraged. Smoking was a sign of derring-do, of laughing on the face of danger.

Smokers were thoughtful, trustworthy and resiliant.

 

Fritz Kuhn, left, German American Bund leader, smiles as he boarded a train in New York en route to Sing Sing prison to serve a sentence of from two and a half to five years for theft of Bund funds. He’s seated beside a detective in a railway car at Grand Central terminal in New York, Dec. 6, 1939. (AP Photo/Murray Becker) Ref #: PA.10716710  Date: 06/12/1939

Fritz Kuhn, left, German American Bund leader, smiles as he boarded a train in New York en route to Sing Sing prison to serve a sentence of from two and a half to five years for theft of Bund funds. He’s seated beside a detective in a railway car at Grand Central terminal in New York, Dec. 6, 1939. (AP Photo/Murray Becker)
Ref #: PA.10716710
Date: 06/12/1939

A group of British soldiers arrive in England after the evacuation of Flanders, France, on June 6, 1940 in World War II. The British soldier at left wears his pajamas instead of his uniform and a blanket around his shoulders for warmth and smokes a pipe. In Operation Dynamo, over three-hundred thousand French, British and Belgian troops escaped the German invasion from the beaches near Dunkirk, France. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.2842177  Date: 06/06/1940

A group of British soldiers arrive in England after the evacuation of Flanders, France, on June 6, 1940 in World War II. The British soldier at left wears his pajamas instead of his uniform and a blanket around his shoulders for warmth and smokes a pipe. In Operation Dynamo, over three-hundred thousand French, British and Belgian troops escaped the German invasion from the beaches near Dunkirk, France. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.2842177
Date: 06/06/1940

Two small girls hold their dolls while waving goodbye to relatives as they are evacuated to the west country, at a London station to escape the Nazi bombing, June 13, 1940. All the children wear identity labels. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.3496537  Date: 13/06/1940

Two small girls hold their dolls while waving goodbye to relatives as they are evacuated to the west country, at a London station to escape the Nazi bombing, June 13, 1940. All the children wear identity labels. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.3496537
Date: 13/06/1940

 

Smokers were not harming the kids. Smokers wer protecting them.

Adolf Hitler didn’t smoke. ‘Nuff said.

 

 

With Falla sitting close against his side, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt listened to an army band concert from the rear platform of his train at Fort Riley, Kansas on April 25, 1943. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.11607565  Date: 25/04/1943

With Falla sitting close against his side, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt listened to an army band concert from the rear platform of his train at Fort Riley, Kansas on April 25, 1943. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.11607565
Date: 25/04/1943

 

During World War 2, US President Roosevelt made tobacco a protected crop. Cigarettes were include in soldiers’ rations, as they were for British troops in World War 1. Tobacco companies send millions of free cigarettes to troops.

 

 

Winston Churchill, clad in siren suit and smoking a cigar, leans from a train at Quebec, Canada on August 11, 1943. To take a fan’s autograph book in which to add his signature as he arrived in the Canadian city. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.11681138  Date: 11/08/1943

Winston Churchill, clad in siren suit and smoking a cigar, leans from a train at Quebec, Canada on August 11, 1943. To take a fan’s autograph book in which to add his signature as he arrived in the Canadian city. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.11681138
Date: 11/08/1943

 

A train carrying nine V2 bombs has been captured intact by the American First Army. The rockets were found to be intact but unassembled. An American soldier takes a great risk as he strikes a match on one of the trailers, to light his cigarette near Bromskirchen, Germany, on April 7, 1945. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.9461508  Date: 07/04/1945

A train carrying nine V2 bombs has been captured intact by the American First Army. The rockets were found to be intact but unassembled. An American soldier takes a great risk as he strikes a match on one of the trailers, to light his cigarette near Bromskirchen, Germany, on April 7, 1945. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.9461508
Date: 07/04/1945

Cigarettes are handed out to the British soldiers on their arrival at Lisbon on April 24, 1943, where the exchange of British and Italian prisoners took place. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.8667714  Date: 24/04/1943

Cigarettes are handed out to the British soldiers on their arrival at Lisbon on April 24, 1943, where the exchange of British and Italian prisoners took place. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.8667714
Date: 24/04/1943

The removal of displaced persons is one of the many unsolved problems in Berlin. Hundreds of these displaced persons crowded the Anhalter Bahnhof station in Berlin for a train to Wittenberg, Germany, en route home. Many of them had waited as long as two days for transport, and those who did not get on the train had to wait another day for the next one. A study of two aged German displaced persons who waited with their baggage’s outside the Anhalter Bahnhof Station, in Berlin, on Oct. 11, 1945, for the train to Wittenberg. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.9878252  Date: 11/10/1945

The removal of displaced persons is one of the many unsolved problems in Berlin. Hundreds of these displaced persons crowded the Anhalter Bahnhof station in Berlin for a train to Wittenberg, Germany, en route home. Many of them had waited as long as two days for transport, and those who did not get on the train had to wait another day for the next one. A study of two aged German displaced persons who waited with their baggage’s outside the Anhalter Bahnhof Station, in Berlin, on Oct. 11, 1945, for the train to Wittenberg. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.9878252
Date: 11/10/1945

 

 

For the third time since the war a M.C.C. team left for a Test tour, this time against South Africa. Len Hutton, the Yorkshire player, waving a cheery farewell from the boat-train at Waterloo station before the M.C.C. Team left for Southampton. Ref #: PA.1632095  Date: 07/10/1948

For the third time since the war a M.C.C. team left for a Test tour, this time against South Africa. Len Hutton, the Yorkshire player, waving a cheery farewell from the boat-train at Waterloo station before the M.C.C. Team left for Southampton.
Ref #: PA.1632095
Date: 07/10/1948

England's Trevor Bailey, who missed the train carrying the tour party, relaxes with a cup of tea and a cigarette at the Waterloo Station buffet while waiting for the next train to Southampton, from where the England team set sail for South Africa Ref #: PA.3790400  Date: 04/10/1956

England’s Trevor Bailey, who missed the train carrying the tour party, relaxes with a cup of tea and a cigarette at the Waterloo Station buffet while waiting for the next train to Southampton, from where the England team set sail for South Africa
Ref #: PA.3790400
Date: 04/10/1956

 

Countess Beauchamp smoking a cheroot aboard the 'United States' boat train at Waterloo. Ref #: PA.6819597  Date: 20/01/1960

Countess Beauchamp smoking a cheroot aboard the ‘United States’ boat train at Waterloo.
Ref #: PA.6819597
Date: 20/01/1960

 

West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard, reading and smoking in his office on his election campaign train on September 5, 1965, with a steward. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.8243287  Date: 05/09/1965

West German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard, reading and smoking in his office on his election campaign train on September 5, 1965, with a steward. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.8243287
Date: 05/09/1965

Clark Gable sprinting for a peak tram in Hong Kong. He was there to make the film 'Soldier of Fortune' for Twentieth Century Fox. Picture date: 01 Dec 1954. Ref #: PA.1752712  Date: 01/12/1954

Clark Gable sprinting for a peak tram in Hong Kong. He was there to make the film ‘Soldier of Fortune’ for Twentieth Century Fox.
Picture date: 01 Dec 1954. Ref #: PA.1752712.

Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill, holding familiar cigar, leans from a train window at Gare du Nord, Paris, France on Dec. 18, 1951, to big goodbye, to French Defense Minister Georges Bidault and Foreign Minister Robert Schuman. Churchill was leaving the French capital after conferences with other West European leaders. (AP Photo) Ref #: PA.11070179  Date: 18/12/1951

Britain’s Prime Minister Winston Churchill, holding familiar cigar, leans from a train window at Gare du Nord, Paris, France on Dec. 18, 1951, to big goodbye, to French Defense Minister Georges Bidault and Foreign Minister Robert Schuman. Churchill was leaving the French capital after conferences with other West European leaders. (AP Photo)
Ref #: PA.11070179. Date: 18/12/1951

DJ Jimmy Savile at Waterloo Station, where he launched Natwest's news sign, which displays the latest world and national updates, city prices and weather. Archive-PA210376-1 Ref #: PA.14859132  Date: 20/06/1984

DJ Jimmy Savile at Waterloo Station, where he launched Natwest’s news sign, which displays the latest world and national updates, city prices and weather. Ref #: PA.14859132. Date: 20/06/1984

A commuter on a Metro-North train smokes during rush hour in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Feb. 13, 1988. Beginning Monday, passengers on the MTA's commuter lines will no longer provide special smoking cars and smoking will be prohibited. The commuters, backed by the nation's largest cigarette company, are challenging the prohibition in court. (AP Photo/Sam Heiman) Ref #: PA.17634104  Date: 13/02/1988

A commuter on a Metro-North train smokes during rush hour in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Feb. 13, 1988. Beginning Monday, passengers on the MTA’s commuter lines will no longer provide special smoking cars and smoking will be prohibited. The commuters, backed by the nation’s largest cigarette company, are challenging the prohibition in court. (AP Photo/Sam Heiman)
Ref #: PA.17634104. Date: 13/02/1988

Commuter Tony Arnone of Far Rockaway, N.Y., smokes on the platform at the Jamaica Station in the Queens borough of New York, Feb. 15, 1988. Starting that day, smoking will be banned on all Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter trains. Violators face fines of up to $100. (AP Photo/Diane Pleines-Fox) Ref #: PA.17634114  Date: 15/02/1988

Commuter Tony Arnone of Far Rockaway, N.Y., smokes on the platform at the Jamaica Station in the Queens borough of New York, Feb. 15, 1988. Starting that day, smoking will be banned on all Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter trains. Violators face fines of up to $100. (AP Photo/Diane Pleines-Fox)
Ref #: PA.17634114 Date: 15/02/1988

  • Fred Johansen

    They still have smoking cars on trains in my country, not sure why this is a big deal.