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Boston & Portland P.S. Packet Company Owney tag

Description:

Not all of Owney’s mail-related travels were on trains. Owney received this baggage check token from a sidewheel paddle steamboat. The Steamer Tremont, operated by the Portland Steam Packet Company, carried passengers and mail between Portland, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts. This boat was known as a nightboat, traveling between the two cities overnight. The baggage token, #13, would have been used to check a piece of passenger luggage during the trip. This baggage check was made by John Robbins, who began crafting such tokens in the early 1840s in Boston, Massachusetts.

Date:
1888-1897
Markings:
Str. TREMONT / 13 / BOSTON & PORTLAND / P.S. PKT. Co.
Medium:
metal (brass)
Dimensions:
Height x Width: 1 5/8 x 1 3/4 in. (4.13 x 4.45 cm)
Museum ID:
0.052985.63
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • Owney Tag 2011
  • Owney Tag 2011
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