Featured Interesting cross collectible book RR & PO. 1884

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  1. hamptonauction

    hamptonauction Well-Known Member

    I found this interesting book/ledger, it would be of interest to both Rail Road and Post office collectors. The book gives the time tables of mail delivery to the Post offices along their routs. Titled "Improved help to employees of the Post-Office department, comprising an alphabetical list of Post-Offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, ans Vermont; with their sources of supply. June 5, 1884."
    Published by F. R. Roundy and Horace Merrill, Boston Mass.

    60 pages Massachusetts.
    37 pages Connecticut.
    11 pages Rhode Island.
    32 pages Vermont.
    35 pages New Hampshire.

    I've not been able to find any comparable editions.

    PO RR ledger book 1.jpg PO RR ledger book 2.jpg
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    Last edited: Mar 13, 2020
  2. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Wow. What a fascinating find Andy! This is just the sort of thing I love.
    When you say "sources of supply", what do you mean? Whether the mail is brought by train or some other method?
  3. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Nicely bound too.

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  4. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    In the list of towns under Massachusetts, Rowley is named after a small village just 5 miles from me.

    In spring of 1639 Rowley was originally settled as a plantation by Reverend
    Ezekiel Rogers
    , who had arrived from England on the ship John of London with approximately twenty families. The John of London also brought over the first printing press in the colonies, which was later brought to Harvard University.

    The following spring, on September 4, 1639, the town was incorporated, and included portions of modern-day Byfield, Groveland, Georgetown, and Haverhill. The town was named after Rowley, East Riding of Yorkshire, where Rogers had served as pastor for twenty years before his suspension due to non-conformist Puritan beliefs. Rogers was installed as Rowley's pastor
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  5. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I looked at the list of places and thought "OK, Central New England, O&W and who else?" Pretty sweet.

    Speaking of things from Yorkshire, I mailed something back to Hull this week.
  6. hamptonauction

    hamptonauction Well-Known Member

    I also don't know what is meant by "sources of supply", that was quoted from the title page.
  7. hamptonauction

    hamptonauction Well-Known Member

    Just ask if anybody wants me to take a photo any town.
  8. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Bloomfield, CT. I'm curious if they list our railroad as the CNE or one of the short lines.
  9. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Templeton, MA please!!!
  10. hamptonauction

    hamptonauction Well-Known Member

    I hope this helps you.
    PO RR ledger book 10.jpg
  11. hamptonauction

    hamptonauction Well-Known Member

    Not much on Templeton, MA.
    PO RR ledger book 9.jpg
  12. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Thanks Andy. Now I have to figure out where the railroad station was. Or maybe they just had a hook there?
  13. hamptonauction

    hamptonauction Well-Known Member

  14. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Interesting. I wasn't aware that there was ever a station in East Templeton, and I can't find one now.
  15. Bookahtoo

    Bookahtoo Moderator Moderator

    Andy - does it say which Railroad Line that was?
  16. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

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  17. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    In this time period the Connecticut line through here seems to have been the Connecticut Western. It didn't last long. I think there was a second station at the north end of town, but it was a total whistle stop; this was a bunch of farms until the end of WWII.

    Correction: one station torn down in 1940 ( I was in the replacement and the freight house out back; that was a pet food store until the 90s.) The whistles stops vanished at some point in the mists of time.

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  18. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    Maybe "sources of supply" just referred to the railroads that carried the mail?

    Nice book!
  19. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    And other freight too, probably. Bloomfield was East Podunk back then and those stations would have been drops for farm supplies.
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  20. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    Ashford, Westford, Phoenixville, or Eastford CT in there?
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