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The Unseen Service - A story of the commissary

This GN pamphlet is stamped "Great Northern Railway, RECEIVED Aug 29, 1930, Western Advertising Agent, Seattle, Wash.".  I picked this up at a recent local GNRHS get-together in the Seattle area.  It describes a "back stage look" at how the GN Commissary Department gathered supplies to maintain their dining cars.

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Cover Page

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Title Page

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Silver service, cutlery and flat silver

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Assembling and checking supplies - Saint Paul Commissary

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The shelves of dishes remind one of a crockery store

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Linens and jackets, spotlessly white

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Sorting soiled linens

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The ice machine for the refrigerator rooms

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"--glistening jewels in settings of chipped ice"

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Meat is scored to insure steaks of equal size

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Where fresh meats are truly fresh

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The steward gets a square deal

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Fresh milk makes healthy people

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Minnesota mushrooms - one of the many rare treats to be had on the diners

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This refrigerator holds only the best the farm can offer

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Root cellar where the jumbo potatoes are stored

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Bread wrapped and sealed stays fresh and sanitary

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Bottled goods - very soft

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At the end of the meal - a perfect cigar

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The crockery shelves - Seattle commissary

The linen supply room