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Question:  The plug door boxcar first showed up in the 50s.  Since billboard cars were outlawed (sort of) a couple decades earlier, were there specific beer company plug door boxcars made?  I just did a search and could not find a photo of a real beer company plug door boxcar.  Just curious.

It's different to see Atlas O doing fantasy schemes, but I'm very sure those billboard beer plug doors never existed. The ICC banned billboard advertising on railroad cars in the 30s. Here's the actual rule:

"(E) On and after the effective date of this ruling [August 1, 1934] advertisements of shippers or products are prohibited on newly constructed or repainted refrigerator cars."

"(F) Effective January 1, 1937, no refrigerator cars bearing advertisements of any shipper, consignee, or product, will be accepted in interchange or handled locally on any railroad."

"The effective date of (F) was subsequently extended to 1938."

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