Jelgava Station Manager Jānis Jānītis’ Uniform Jacket
A railwayman is more than just a position; it is often a life’s calling, and railway workers were rightly proud of their job. It was similar for Jelgava Station Manager Jānis Jānītis, who has spent decades working in the railway industry. On 13 September 1933, his colleagues wrote the following lines in his work anniversary card: “As we think of the past row of years, we can clearly see the diligence and persistence you have put into achieving success, which you can now look back on with pride. The noble virtues and hard-working yet sociable nature of your Latvian spirit have given you an aura in which even the hardest of works are easily manageable. During your long years as a railwayman, you have mastered all the tasks that you supervise now. And that is the reason why work goes so smoothly and there is such harmony among workers.”
Railwaymen uniforms have always distinguished them among others. Their wearers took great care of them and often passed them on to their relatives and the next generations as memorabilia, as it was in this case. The Latvian Railways logo is still clearly emblazoned on the jacket, which seems to exude the pride it was worn with.