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The Merci Train : Photos in the news

Updated : April 30, 2015

"The Merci Train" - "The Gratitude Train" - "Train de la Reconnaissance Francaise"

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Small stories :

David C. White - Farmer in Kansas Ruth Nathanson - High school senior from New York City


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Bold = new content. (G) = can be seen on Google Streetview.

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A picture says more than a thousand words.

So here is my collection of photograps of the "Merci Train" from 1948 and 1949.

Don't forget to watch my collection of newsreel footage from 1948 / 1949 that gives more visual impressions.

Only photos of the actual "Merci Train", the Merci boxcars and people associated with the "Merci Train" are included in this list. Photographs of the gifts from the "Merci Train" are not included.

Most photographs are what is called "stock photos" and were used by countless newspapers and magazines around the USA and the world. The naming of a source is therefore only to identify the individual scan.

On this page you can see thumbnail-photos of the photographs.
The full-size photographs are on a password protected page.

However - the quality of the full-size photographs vary a lot, because most of them are from scanned newspapers. Only a few are high-quality scans.


If you have, or know of any new pictures
and / or a better scan / version of a photograph already listed below :
PLEASE - email me.



You can access the full-size photos on the password-protected page :

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List of photographs

  • France

    • Preparing the boxcar - October / November / December 1948

      Merci Gratitude Train Train de la reconnaissance francaise Lille Merci Gratitude Train Train de la reconnaissance francaise Lille

      Merci Gratitude Train Train de la reconnaissance francaise Anne-Marie Max Gare Saint-Lazare Merci Gratitude Train Train de la reconnaissance francaise Anne-Marie Max Gare Saint-Lazare Merci Gratitude Train Train de la reconnaissance francaise Anne-Marie Max Gare Saint-Lazare

      France merci gratitude train boxcar doll puppet France merci gratitude train boxcar France merci gratitude train boxcar

    • Packing boxcars - January, 1949

      France merci gratitude train boxcar

    • Boxcars on tracks - January, 1949

    • Leaving Paris - Gare Montparnasse - January 06, 1949

      France merci gratitude train boxcar France merci gratitude train boxcar

    • Loading the "Magellan" in Le Havre - January, 1949

      See page about the Magellan.


    U.S.A.

    • "Magellan" arriving in New York - February 02, 1949

      See page about the Magellan.

    • Unloading boxcars in New Jersey - February 02, 1949

      See page about the Magellan.

    • Parade in New York - February 03, 1949

      merci gratitude train boxcar New York parade broadway merci gratitude train boxcar New York parade broadway merci gratitude train boxcar New York parade broadway merci gratitude train boxcar New York parade broadway




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