Monday, May 2, 2011

Photo: WWII Merci Train Boxcar

Here is a photo of the WWII Merci Train Boxcar that is currently located at McCormick Stillman Railroad Park.

On February 17, 1949, France sent Arizona a boxcar packed with war medals, a blue Peugeot bicycle, a white wedding dress from a seamstress in Lyon, France, children's dolls and handmade paper stars. There were over 1,700 items inside.

This boxcar was part of the Merci Train, which consisted of 49 boxcars sent to each state in America. The boxcars were filled with gifts collected by the people of France.

Why did France send the boxcars with gifts? Read tomorrow's post.

Check out beautiful photos of San Xavier Del Bac or the White Dove of the Desert at Viva la Voyage!

12 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This example of cross-cultural friendship is wonderful. I look forward to tomorrow's post.

brattcat said...

Julie, I did not know about the Merci Boxcars. This is fascinating and I am eager to know all you have to share. Thank you.

Jilly said...

How fascinating. Had no idea of this. Will be back tomorrow.

Thérèse said...

Looking forward to your next post!

Sharon said...

I haven't seen this before. How interesting.

Halcyon said...

This is wonderful! I can't wait to see tomorrow's post.

Birdman said...

I'll be reading tomorrow. Gotta know the answer.

Jarart said...

I didn't know this was there either. What a great find!

Clueless in Boston said...

I too did not know about the Merci Boxcars and can't wait to find out more tomorrow. I like the picture too.

cieldequimper said...

Never knew this but though some Americans may doubt it, most French people are still grateful for 1944-1945.

Rob and Mandy said...

Now I'm curious... Never heard about it. Guess I'll wait till tomorrow, and wont rush to Wiki or other places before reading your tomorrow's post

Bergson said...

a thank you for the 2nd World War?

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