Boston, Massachusetts, Mail Streetcar

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    Description: This is an image of Railway Post Office streetcar #642, part of the Boston Elevated Railway. This car traveled on Malden, Broadway, and Ferry streets between Charlestown and Post Office Square.

    Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer

    Medium: Black and white photographic print

    Culture: American

    Geography: USA

    Date: 1900

    Collection: U.S. Railway Mail Service

    Repository: National Postal Museum

    Accession number: A.2006-63

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    Lim5369, samaloney26, carinasmama2001, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Brenda Anderson 76 months ago | reply

      Looking more closely at the sign (and knowing the geography of the Boston area), the description would be more accurate if it said "traveled to Malden via Broadway and Ferry Streets".

      This map of the Elevated system (found on Wikipedia) might be of interesting as it shows the line heading north from Charlestown up through Everett (on Broadway) and then on to Ferry St to Malden.
      Seen in a discussion of the group "Flickr Commons" (?)

    2. striatic 76 months ago | reply

      This image has been used in the post: Delivering the Mail

    3. lisa-skorpion 73 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Die Erinnerungen, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    4. PMCC Post Office Photos 22 months ago | reply

      This is classic. But yes, it's TO the northern suburb of Malden by way of Broadway and Ferry Streets.

    5. lewisremington2 3 weeks ago | reply

      It's interesting to see how much the mail system has changed, but also how much it has stayed the same. Mail isn't typically sent via a train like this, but it still is transported across the states by large vehicles or planes. It just depends on if you are sending bulk mail or not; different services treat it differently.

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