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The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway (commonly known as Santa Fe) was chartered in 1863 with plans to connect Atchison and Topeka, Kansas, with Santa Fe, New Mexico, by rail lines. The lines were completed in 1880. Santa Fe campaigned for tourism with staged “southwest US” photographs that created a romanticized view of what was then considered the “Wild West.” The company came to an end in 1994 as they merged with Burlington Northern to form the BNSF railway. 

Celluloid pencil clips were a popular advertising medium at the turn of the 20th century through the 1930s. As pens and pencils were often clipped onto chest pockets, advertising clips were a quick easy way to gain prolific advertising.


Duoofgreatdiscoveries. (2020, May 13). Vintage Santa Fe Rail Lines Railroad Train Pencil Pocket Holder Clip 1950s • $14.95. Retrieved July 11, 2020, from

Hewitt, S. S. (1923). Celluloid Specialties and Dealer Helps. In N. T. Praigg (Ed.), Advertising Yearbook for 1922 (pp. 303-305). Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page and Company.

New Mexico Museum of Art. (2010). New Mexico Art Tells its History. Retrieved July 14, 2020, from

Shirley, E. (2008). Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company records. Retrieved July 14, 2020, from

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