What Happened to Christmas Oranges?
|Christmas morning 1967, Port Arthur, Ontario|
|Bowl of tissue-wrapped mandarin oranges|
Christmas mandarin oranges being unloaded from the ship, S.S. American Mail. VPL Accession Number: 81110. Courtesy of Vancouver Public Library
|The Montreal Gazette - Dec 4, 1926|
The Drummondville Spokesman - Dec 7, 1931
We didn't care what they were called, our special Christmas orange was back—more
than 3 shiploads of them filling over 32 freight cars. And that was just the beginning of the resurgence of its popularity.
I read that the orange express trains had special markings, but the only one I found was a 1978 CP Rail boxcar marked, Mandarin Orange Express. Only one car carried this paint scheme in a shipment of almost 60 cars. As before, it was elusive to photograph and apparently it has been out of service for some years. I don't know where I found this photo, so if it's yours, please let me know so I can give you the credit.