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Route agent postmark handstamp

Description:

"BOST.& WIL'MET. AGT." is a Route Agent postmarker. It was used on the mail car between Boston, Massachusetts, and Willimantic, Connecticut. This route was eighty-six miles and operated over the New York and New England Railroad. Prior to 1874, the route was the Boston & Southbridge Agent. On January 15, 1879, the route became the Boston & Waterbury Agent.

Although the postmarker has an 'e,' a letter which 'Willimantic' lacks, this is the only closely-named route. Errors in postmarker orders are known to have occurred and an 'e' and 'a' in manuscript may have appeared similar since the requisition was written in long-hand. The device was made at the Chambers shop in Lodge, Virginia, between 1874 and 1878. It was more likely produced closer to 1874, when the route was established.

Reference:

Kay, John L. Directory of Route Agent Routes. Mobile Post Office Society, 1990.

Date:
1874-1879
Markings:
BOST. & WIL'MET.AGT
Medium:
wood
Dimensions:
1.12 in (2.86 cm), diameter
Museum ID:
1992.2002.406
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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