Boston, Massachusetts, Mail Streetcar

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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  • Brenda Anderson PRO 7y

    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" (?)
  • hobvias sudoneighm PRO 7y

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

  • lisa-skorpion PRO 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Die Erinnerungen, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • PMCC Post Office Photos PRO 2y

    This is classic. But yes, it's TO the northern suburb of Malden by way of Broadway and Ferry Streets.
  • Lewis Remington 5mo

    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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