An Exceedingly Extended Station

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A crowd of travelers is standing on a railway platform, enduring a long wait under the rain
What's going on? the train doesn't seem to be coming... It's usually only forty-five minutes late, and we've been waiting here for an hour and a half! punctuality isn't the politeness of passenger cars...

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National Gallery of Art Washington DC

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A mixed crowd of glum travelers is standing on a railway platform, enduring a protracted wait under the pouring rain.

This illustration was published in Le Charivari on November 13, 1843. It is the thirteenth lithograph in a series of sixteen titled Les chemins de fer.

The caption reads in the original French:

Une Station Infiniment Trop Prolongée

C’est étonnant ! le convoi n’arrive pas ! … ordinairement il n’est en retard que de trois quarts d’heure, et aujourd’hui voila une heure et demie que nous attendons !.. l’exactitude n’est pas la politesse des wagons !…

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