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Image of 1932.053.001b - Ticket

1932.053.001b - Ticket

A "Disbanded Soldiers Ticket" for the Michigan Central Railroad from Detroit to Paw Paw issued by Charles S. May the captain of Company K of the 2nd Michigan Infantry. "1861" is printed at the bottom.

Image of 1931.031.997 - Card, Trade

1931.031.997 - Card, Trade

Trade card advertising the Great Western and Michigan Central Railway Line, with a color lithograph on the recto captioned, "The only Route via Niagara Falls & Suspension Bridge." The image shows a train crossing the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge with the falls in the background. "Take the Great Western & Michigan Central R.W. Line" is printed below the image. A map showing railroad lines from Chicago to the east coast, including those of the Michigan Central Railroad, the Great Western Railway, the Erie Railroad, the New York Central Railroad, the Lehigh Valley Railroad, and the North Carolina Railroad, is printed on the verso. The map is captioned, "The Popular Niagara Falls Route bet

Image of 1947.082.020b - Schedule

1947.082.020b - Schedule

Half-folded time table for the Detroit and Milwaukee Railway No. 22, to take effect on Monday, October 11, 1858. The cover and back page list rules and instructions for employees of the company. The two interior pages list times for trains eastward from Milwaukee to Detroit, and westward for Detroit to Milwaukee. Four times are listed for each route.

Image of 1947.082.279 - List, Price

1947.082.279 - List, Price

Chart of fares from the Detroit and Michigan Railway dated July 8, 1858. The prices for fares between Grand Rapids and 28 other stations ranging to Detroit to Ada are handwritten. The prices vary by distance and range from $4.80 for Detroit to $0.35 for Ada. At the bottom of the table, it is addressed to a conductor by the name of M. Miller, and is signed by W. K. Muir, the railway's general superintendent.

Image of 1948.002.001 - Photograph, Cabinet

1948.002.001 - Photograph, Cabinet

Cabinet card bearing a sepia-toned photo of an engraving by L. Wright of New York showing the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad locomotive Adrian No. 1, the state's first locomotive entering service in 1837, pulling a passenger car. A man in the foreground takes a break from chopping wood to wave to the train, as other figures wave in the background form a horse-drawn cart, and a log cabin. The photo is on a Cassey and Whitney of Lansing, Michigan card. "The first passenger train in Mich. Erie Kalamazoo Ra. 1835[sic]," is handwritten along the edge of the card beneath the image. "Compliments of W.C. Ransom, Dep. Commissioner of Railroads, Michigan," is stamped and "C.N.O. Rice," is handwritten on t

Image of 1948.149.054 - Drawing

1948.149.054 - Drawing

Drawing, in ink and watercolor on paper, showing a Stout Rail Bus. The drawing shows a rear cutaway view of the Rail Bus to the left and a right side profile view of the Rail Bus to the right, with the front half cutaway showing the interior. Text along the bottom reads "TWENTY-FIVE PASSENGERS - 70 M.P.H. - 20 M.P.G. - 5000 L.B. - $8000 RAIL BUS SPEED."

Image of 1950.071.007 - Schedule

1950.071.007 - Schedule

Time table card for passenger trains on the Grand Trunk Railway System between Detroit's Brush Street Station and Pontiac, effective August 1, 1931. Fares are listed on the recto, and times on the verso.

Image of 1950.192.001 - Brochure

1950.192.001 - Brochure

Four panel brochure promoting the Detroit International Exposition and Fair held from September 17th to the 27th of 1889, mounted on red matting. The exposed face bears a color Calvert Lithograph Company illustration of Detroit, as viewed from the air above Delray, facing northeast, captioned "All Roads Will Lead to Detroit in September. Why? (see over)." The exposition site, containing the large Main Building, several smaller structures, and two ponds, is at the lower right corner of the image, to the west of Fort Wayne. The Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad; Detroit and Bay City Railroad; Michigan Central Railroad; Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway; Wabash Railroad; Detroit Gran

Image of 1953.004.001 - Book

1953.004.001 - Book

Frank J. Hecker's self-published memoir, from an edition of seventy-five, recounting his military and business activities. The book is three quarter bound with tan cloth on blue buckram boards, and includes a tan slipcase.

Image of 1953.193.027 - Map

1953.193.027 - Map

Eight-panel accordion-folded brochure from the Detroit United Railway containing a schedule, rates, a map of further routes connected from Toledo, and information on sites along their lines on the recto, and a large color stylized illustrated map of the company's routes, spanning from Detroit to Toledo, Jackson, Flint, and Port Huron, produced by the Calvert Lithograph Company on the verso. The brochure's cover is red with in insert illustration of a trolley car within a scene of a car traveling along tracks beside a lake and the woods.

Image of 1956.291.001a - Postcard

1956.291.001a - Postcard

Color postcard depicting an image of locomotive surrounded by an oval frame. Printed on verso: Historical Post card - Transportation Series A No. 1. The Flint and Holly R. R. built and owned by Henry H. Crapo, was opened for business Dec. 1st, 1864. The road was sold to the Flint & Pere Marquette in 1869.

Image of 1956.291.002 - Postcard

1956.291.002 - Postcard

Color postcard depicting reproductions of two signed passes for the Flint & Holly Railroad in 1866 and 1867. Printed on recto: Original Passes are in the Hill Collection

Image of 1956.065.048 - Map

1956.065.048 - Map

One map entitled, "Map of the State of Michigan, Engraved and Printed Under the Supervision of the Commissioner of Railroads of the State." The map is printed in colored ink with black text on a white background and shows cities, counties, townships, railroad lines, railway stations, and county population statistics as January 1, 1892. The map was published by George F. Cram of Chicago and was approved by Charles R. Whitman, Commissioner of Railroads. Counties and railroad lines are also shown for eastern Wisconsin.

Image of 1956.291.006 - Postcard

1956.291.006 - Postcard

Black and white postcard depicting a reproduction of a time schedule for the Flint and Holly Rail Road in 1864. Printed on recto: The Flint and Holly Railroad was built and financed by Gov. Crapo to furnish an outlet for his lumber. The road was later sold to the Flint and Pere Marquette and is now a part of the Pere Marquette railroad System.

Image of 1960.236.001 - Ticket

1960.236.001 - Ticket

Jeffersonville Railroad ticket, numbered 8129, and embossed on the verso with a stamp for the date, May 26, 1865, for passage from Detroit to St. Clair over the Chicago, Detroit and Canada Grand Trunk Junction Railroad line. The lower right corner is printed with the signature of General Ticket Agent Inspector A. Nafew.

Image of 1963.099.001 - Brochure

1963.099.001 - Brochure

Four panel brochure promoting the Detroit International Exposition and Fair held from September 17th to the 27th of 1889. The recto bears a color Calvert Lithograph Company illustration of Detroit, as viewed from the air above Delray, facing northeast, captioned "All Roads Will Lead to Detroit in September. Why? (see over)." The exposition site, containing the large Main Building, several smaller structures, and two ponds, is at the lower right corner of the image, to the west of Fort Wayne. The Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad; Detroit and Bay City Railroad; Michigan Central Railroad; Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway; Wabash Railroad; Detroit Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railway;

Image of 1963.148.011 - Cartoon

1963.148.011 - Cartoon

Cartoon, printed in black ink on white paper, titled "Competition's Gettin' Keen." The cartoon shows a woman sitting atop a trunk labeled "Traveling Public," with an airplane pilot on his knee saying "Come Fair One; Fly With Me." To the back right is an airplane labeled "Reduced Air Rates." To the back left is a building labeled "Railroads" and a conductor clenching his fist and saying "Curses." The cartoon was signed "Shoemaker" on the bottom right.

Image of 1963.148.016 - Cartoon

1963.148.016 - Cartoon

Cartoon, printed in black ink on white paper. The cartoon features three panels, each showing a man and a woman on the left side of the frame, a young boy in the center of the frame, and a form of transportation on the right side of the frame. The top panel shows a train, with the man saying "No sir-ree! You'll never get me into one of them blamed things!" The center panel shows an automobile, with the man saying "No sir. I've never ridden one of those horse-less carriages and I don't intend to!" The bottom panel shows an airplane, with the man saying "Not for a million dollars! Never!" Text at the bottom reads "-But we always do!"

Image of 1964.125.021 - Ticket

1964.125.021 - Ticket

Railway Passengers Assurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut ticket, which reads, "This ticket insures F.E. Farnsworth of Detroit by occupation shoe dealer in the sum of $3,000, for the term of one day, commencing with the day and hour as hereon canceled, and is subject to all the provisions of the Contract on back hereof." The ticket is canceled, March 21, 1873 at 7 P.M., stamped with the registration number 278, and agency number 285, and is printed with the signature of the company's secretary Charles E. Willard. The verso contains the terms of the policy.

Image of 1964.125.022 - Ticket

1964.125.022 - Ticket

Railway Passengers Assurance Company of Hartford, Connecticut ticket, which reads, "This ticket insures F.E. Farnsworth of Detroit by occupation shoe dealer in the sum of $3,000, for the term of two days, commencing with the day and hour as hereon canceled, and is subject to all the provisions of the Contract on back hereof." The ticket is canceled, March 19, 1873 at 7 P.M., stamped with the registration number 321, and agency number 285, and is printed with the signature of the company's secretary Charles E. Willard. The verso contains the terms of the policy.

Image of 1965.173.014 - Music, Sheet

1965.173.014 - Music, Sheet

Sheet music for "Blue Line Waltzes", composed by Roe Stephens, published by J. Henry Whittemore. Dedicated to Thomas Swinyard, esq., managing director of the Great Western Railway of Canada.

Image of 1965.173.013 - Music, Sheet

1965.173.013 - Music, Sheet

Sheet music for the "Blue Line Galop", composed by Roe Stephens, published by J. Henry Whittemore. Dedicated to J. D. Hayes, esq., general manager of the "Blue Line".

Image of 1968.145.001 - Handbill

1968.145.001 - Handbill

Double-side handbill containing information for railroad travel along the Boston and Albany Railroad's Great Western Route between Albany, New York, and Milwaukie, Wisconsin, dated January 26, 1856. Information about connections, mail trains, and fares is printed on the recto. A map of the route is printed on the verso, however, a piece of Michigan Central Railroad Pioneer Association stationery has been partially adhered to the verso obscuring the map.

Image of 1973.174.002 - Book

1973.174.002 - Book

Booklet published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the J.L. Hudson Company compiling a series of articles about Detroit's history published in the Detroit Free Press during August 1941. The articles are supplements with photographs from the Burton Historical Collection. The articles focus on the Detroit River, Belle Isle, toll roads, blacksmith shops, Cadillac Square's Central Market, the Detroit Police Department, the Detroit Water Works, the Detroit Fire Department, railroads, banks, the Russell House, the Detroit Museum of Art, libraries, newspapers, doctors and medicine, Harper Hospital, dentistry, shopping, the University of Michigan, the University of Detroit, post offices, the Ligh

Image of 1975.137.028 - Postcard

1975.137.028 - Postcard

Souvenir postcard printed by A.S. Gilman, Incorporated with an illustration of the Pere Marquette Railway's engine number 101 pulling a passenger train with a city skyline in the background, along with the text, "'Lotus Club' Tiger Excursion, September 16, 1948. A caption is printed on the verso: The Pere Marquettes First of the postwar streamliners. These Chesapeake and Ohio all-reserved-seat coach trains operate on Michigan's fastest rail schedules between Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.

Image of 1991.084.021 - Currency

1991.084.021 - Currency

One Dollar issued by River Raisin and Lake Erie Railroad Company, dated August 1863, and signed by the company's president James Q. Adams and the cashier George D. Baldwin. An engraving of a train rounding a bend, passing a small riverside factory with a railroad bridge over the river in the background. The verso has an engraving consisting of the word, "One," is large letters surrounded by a green pattern.

Image of 1996.024.001 - Currency

1996.024.001 - Currency

Five Dollar note issued by the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad Bank, dated August 1, 1853, hand-numbered 1671, and signed by the company's president Addison Comstock and another person with an illegible signature representing Toppan, Carpenter, Casilear, and Company. An engraving of Franklin Pierce is in the center of the note. At each of the upper corners, a seated woman supports an oval shaped field containing the number 5. The woman on the left holds a sickle and sits next to a sheaf of wheat. The woman on the right sits atop a barrel, and the masts of a sailing ship are visible over her shoulder in the distance. The verso is blank except for a pair of backwards red number 5's.

Image of 1997.047.001 - Certificate, Stock

1997.047.001 - Certificate, Stock

Pere Marquette Railway Company 100 share stock certificate, number 5994, issued to the Christian Foundation on October 4, 1945. The certificate features an engraving of locomotive 1357 pulling a train. The certificate is signed by the company's assistant secretary and vice president, as well as the assistant secretaries of the Irving Trust Company and Guaranty Trust Company of New York. The form on the verso indicates that the certificate was surrendered for exchange, and it has been punched with cancellation marks dated January 12, 1948.

Image of 1997.047.002 - Certificate, Stock

1997.047.002 - Certificate, Stock

Pere Marquette Railway Company "less than 100 shares" stock certificate, number B01072, for 50 shares issued to Mrs. Margaret Head Stockton on May 29, 1944. The certificate features an engraving of locomotive 1357 pulling a train. The certificate is signed by the company's assistant secretary and vice president, as well as the assistant secretaries of the Merchants National Bank of Boston and the Old Colony Trust Company. The form on the verso indicates that the certificate was surrendered for exchange, and it has been punched with cancellation marks dated January 12, 1948.

Image of 2005.047.004 - Pass

2005.047.004 - Pass

Free pass for a round trip ride on the Michigan Central Railroad to Buffalo and back, issued to the company's clerk Nelson Bowen on July 31, 1854. The pass is signed by the superintendent R.N. Rice, and is punched three times along the left edge. The terms of the pass are printed on the verso, along with the handwritten notes, "Good on Great West. Railway, [?]" and "Pass from Schenectady to Buffalo, T.W. Stockton Wood, Aug. 1, 1854."