Vintage 1940's Richmond Va Trolley Streetcar Wood & Glass Directional Signs Box
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Vintage 1940's Richmond Va Trolley Streetcar Wood & Glass Directional Signs Box:
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Richmond and engineerFrank Spraguedeveloped the nation's first trolley system, starting Feb. 2, 1888. The fare: 5 cents. Speed: 7 mph. Trolleys, or electric street cars, soon became an integral part of urban life in Richmond, as it lead to the suburban development of neighborhoods in Lakeside, Northside, Highland Park, Forest Hill, the West End and more.
In Richmond, the final ride came Nov. 25, 1949. Trolley 408 led nine others in a parade down Main Street, drawing dozens of riders taking that last ride and thousands of onlookers. It is known as the"Great Car Burning" of 1949 where close to 50 cars were burned however some had survived. There were many that removed and took certain things from some of these cars for history or sentimental value right before the burning.
We have up for sale the street directional sign box that hung in that last car number 408.
*Made of wood and glass - would appears to be mahogany but not exactly sure.*This box was hung in the front right top side of the streetcar of 408. See picture # 10*Inside the box is a crank mechanism that rolls forward and backward the heavy duty plastic / vinyl street listings*Street names and or intersections were displayed through the front glass for destination*There are approximately 25-35 street destination names within this roll. All are intact with no tears or rips.*Some of the names are; Cowardin, Byrd Park, Ginter Park, Cary Street, Main Street, Grove, Grace, and so much more*Box measures 26 1/2" long, 10 1/2" tall and 6 6/8" deep*Front glass view measures 23 1/4" wide by 5" tall*Street names are in yellow and black and measure 21" wide*There is one area in the back of the box that has been damaged. It's about 4 inches long and can be repaired. See pictures.*A back hinge is missing and needs replacing*Wonderful piece of transportation and Richmond, VA history
We'll be shipping this out via USPS Priority mail with special handling and packing.
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