Window screen from James Buchanan's inaugural rail car

Kraus, Philip1856


Lancaster, PA, United States

For the trip from Lancaster to Washington, D.C., Superintendent of the Philadelphia & Columbia Railroad, Joseph B. Baker, had prepared four rail cars for James Buchanan that were decorated with patriotic scenes. One decorative touch included the use of window screens that were painted with images of Wheatland. These window screens were composed of painted or "stained" glass that could be placed in the existing window wells. The window screen that is now in the collection of LancasterHistory.org was painted by a German immigrant, Philip Kraus of Baltimore, Maryland.


  • Title: Window screen from James Buchanan's inaugural rail car
  • Creator: Kraus, Philip
  • Date Created: 1856

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