Where Did the Tradition of Rolling Out a Red Carpet For Special Guests Come From?

The red carpet treatment dates back to the 1930s, when a carpet of that color led passengers to a luxurious train, the Twentieth Century Limited, which ran between New York and Chicago.

The Twentieth Century was the most famous in America and was totally first class with accommodation and dining car menus that were considered the height of luxury.

Walking the red carpet to the train meant you were about to be treated like royalty.

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