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WWI 40/8 Forty & Eight Railroad Train
Size: 28 ? x 14 pica ( 4 x 2 5/16 inch)
Description: A disheveled railroad engine and car with a couple gentlemen on the top. Text on side reads: Voiture 42, Lancaster, PA, 40/8. La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux (The Company of the Forty Men and Eight Horses ) is an independent, by invitation, honor organization of male and female U. S. veterans, more commonly known as the Forty & Eight.

The titles and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its First World War origins. Americans were transported to the battlefront on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a ?40/8?, denoting its capacity to hold either forty men or eight horses. This uncomfortable mode of transportation was familiar to all who fought in the trenches; a common small misery among American soldiers who thereafter found ?40/8? a lighthearted symbol of the deeper service, sacrifice and unspoken horrors of war that bind all who have borne the battle.

Metal Alloy Printers Block mounted on Hardwood.
Foundry Marking: None