Pullman Porter Key Set

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Donor Henry Taylor used these keys on the Louisville and Nashville Railroad (L&N). Taylor served as a porter for the L&N from the 1940s through the 1960s. There are 12 keys of various sizes, including berth keys, locker keys, and car compartment keys. A porter or other railroad crew member needed many keys to unlock storage cabinets in supply rooms and in sleeping cars, to gain entrance to passenger compartments for housekeeping, and to secure equipment in their assigned car.
National Museum of American History
referenced
Louisville and Nashville Railroad
Credit Line
Gift of Henry Taylor
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Transportation
Exhibition
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Associated Place
United States: Kentucky
United States: Tennessee
United States: Ohio
Object Name
Key Set
ID Number
1985.0552.02
catalog number
1985.0552.02
85.0552.02
accession number
1985.0552