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Trolley Postcards: Mid-Atlantic States

A card showing "National Shoe and Leather Bank" Building, Broadway and Chambers, New York, viewed from across City Hall Park. Note that the streetcars (see closeup below) do not have trolley poles, since Manhattan streetcar lines used an underground conduit collection system.

Actually, if this view is early enough these might be cable cars—unfortunately there is no date on the card. According to scripophily.com's New York Bank history site, National Shoe and Leather (ultimately a predecessor of Chase Manhattan) operated under variants of this name from 1852 to 1906. Cable cars in Manhattan were replaced with conduit-collection electric cars between 1999 and 1901, so I'll I'm going to have to do a little research to settle this.


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Another Manhattan scene, an elevated railway and many streetcars; note the cable-car-like slot between the rails for the conduit collection system.


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A "breezer" and a standard closed car in a summer scene, Bradford PA.


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A card commemorating the Eerie, PA plant of General Electric and some of its products. Granted, it's slightly off topic for a trolley-themed page, but between an interurbanish-looking doodlebug and an electric locomotive, I figure we've got all the essential elements!


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"Main Street, Looking East," Rochester NY.

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