A very cute and rare set of Jersey Shore Postcards from 1913. Took me 3 years to track them down (I already had the little Dutch girl) but the the one with the little boy was even harder to find. I have sen a few over he years on eBay but they wanted just too much for them.
Well today it FINALLY arrived..I was about to give up on it..Anyway my newest " lil' Dutch Boy & lil' Dutch Girl " Jersey Shore, Pa. Mailed in July of 1913
Since the stamp has been (unceremoniously) removed I can still tell what stamp was affixed because of the stamps remainder left on the card and date it was mailed are all clues...Scott #397 1¢ Vasco Nunez de Balboa
OK as most know I collect my hometown covers, picture postcards (used if possible) and along the way IO have noticed a couple things or rather key years...for instance the 'lil Dutch Boy & Girl Post Cards and many covers with contents mentioning people taking trips and how exciting it was to ride the trains and trollies...but it dawned on me that the trolly car system in Jersey Shore was put in, or rather finished in 1913 -right when the steel industry came into town and replaced the old logging industry! So I thought it would be fun to put together a little information on the trolly system. I recently found an old trolly car ticket and some of the older tokens but when the Rail road and the Electric Street Railway merged they made new tokens of brass. I don't yet have any of those but I will soon. so please enjoy my mini Jersey Shore, Pa trolly trip.
Jersey Shore streetcar tokens and ticket.
These tokens worked however they aren't specifically for "the electric Street Railway" but they was accepted for rides. These was used in lieu of coinage and were originally designed to be used at the ARCADE on main street back in the day. The one that says Liberty bell was for, of all things, a slot machine!!
OK, time for a little tangent here...please excuse me (ADD)
Do you see the last token on the top row with the LIBERTY BELL markings on it? Well here is a bit of interesting info on it. Their used to be an Arcade on S.Main St. way back in the day so it makes sense now where it came from.
Antique slot token made for the Mills Novelty Company's "Liberty Bell" slot machine, circa 1910. It is brass, round, and 21mm in diameter. The first Liberty Bell was made by Charles Fey, the inventor of the slot machine, in 1895. It was later copied by Mills, Caille Brothers and others. The subsequent Mills machine was called the Operator Bell.
The first mechanical slot machine was the Liberty Bell, invented in 1895 by car mechanic, Charles Fey (1862–1944) of San Francisco. The Liberty Bell slot machine had three spinning reels. Diamond, spade, and heart symbols were painted around each reel, plus the image of a cracked Liberty Bell. A spin resulting in three Liberty Bells in a row gave the biggest payoff, a grand total of fifty cents or ten nickels. The original Liberty Bell slot machine can still be seen be at the Liberty Belle Saloon & Restaurant in Reno, Nevada.
Charles Fey was also the inventor of the trade check separator, which was used in the Liberty Bell. The hole in the middle of the trade check allowed a detecting pin to distinguish fake nickels or slugs from real nickels. Fey rented his machines to saloons and bars based on a 50/50 split of the profits.
An image of the exact slot machine it was designed for!
The Trolly: (one of 2 actually in service at any one time)
The trolly drivers:
The image from a book depicting these tickets and the "genuine brass" Electric Street Railway Tokens but others were accepted as well. (As shown above)
Thank you Rod I just put this together this morning too. Sadly these are all but extinct here in the US for the most part.
I was just so curious why 1913 was such a prevalent year for post cards from VILAS which is a section uptown in Jersey shore.where one of the main train stations was. so they must have been bought at the station and mailed out on their trips. It's also, as stated above, when the steel industry moved into Jersey Shore, Pa. So now it makes more sense to me.
I mainly collect the US Classic singles & covers also, classic era B.O.B. items.
The trolly line of the Jersey Shore Electric Street railway company was built in response to the coming of the New York Central Locomotive and Machine shops to Avis, which was announced in 1901. Jersey Shore was afraid that the displacement of the Beech Creek Yard, located in Uptown Jersey shore would shift the center of population more toward Avis. To thwart this event this trolly system was built and began operating in 1903, thus providing workers with a convenient commute to work.
Here is a clip of the Jersey Shore Electric Street railway company. Sanborn map 1913