American Railway Supply Co.
TheAmericanRailwaySupplyCompany was founded in New York in 1891. The Hoole Manufacturing Co. and possibly E. J. Brooks were two predecessors of American Railway Supply. American Railway Supply lasted well into the 1920s. They are also very well known for making cap badges. It isn't clear when they stopped making baggage checks. Their Shell checks are prolific. I have two fairly early American Railway Supply shell checks. One is made for the Concord & Montreal RR which operated from 1889 to 1895. It is literally dated 1895 on its paper insert. It can be found on the types page. The other is from the Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railway, which operated between 1889 and 1900, when it was absorbed by the Baltimore and Ohio RR.
Of the three hallmarks for American Railway Supply the
AM RY S. CO. NEW YORK and AM RY S. CO. N.Y are believed to
be earlier than the AMERICAN RY S. CO. NY hallmark.
|AM. RY. S. CO. N.Y.||
|AMERICAN RY. S. CO. NY||
|AM. RY S CO. NEW YORK||
Several American Railway Supply examples follow:
|2 American Railway Supply Co. oversized checks|
|Delaware Lackawanna & Western RR - Fancy example with very rounded corners||Erie RR - Note use of white enamel, rather than standard black, nice diamond logo|
|American Railway Supply Co. Shell check|
|Missouri Pacific "MOPAC" Ry. Shell check with a faint hallmark across the center. Note the request to return the check with both cards (inserts).|
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