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The Catalog of Transit Fiscal Ephemera & Exonumia from the City of the New York
(pre-MetroCard)
featuring the collections of George S. Cuhaj & Philip M. Goldstein

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Introduction

Streetcar / Trolley “Line” Transfers

   Before progressing into this chapter of surface transfers, it should be noted that:

   e.g: streetcar line / car line; or a bus route.

   Bus route transfers can be found on the next page of this website: 
Page 5: Continuing Ride Tickets & Transfers - Surface; Bus Routes

   
The purpose of transfers were used to make connections at the location of two or more intersecting streetcar lines or bus routes. Upon payment of the initial fare, you requested a transfer. Early transfers usually required an additional supplemental payment, i.e. 1 cents, on top of the initial fare of say 5 cents. In some cases, a new transfer could be purchased on a successive connection. 

   In some cases after the first unification on June 1, 1948; the first transfer was free on intersecting lines operated by the same company. Transfer to another companies car line usually required another small payment. 

   Some varieties, like the Smith Patent were divided into three parts, the center section containing the route it was initially issued upon, and the date issued. This center section also contained 12 boxes marked 1 through 12 (to denoted the hour) and a box marked for AM or PM which would covered a 24 hour period on the bottom. 

   The two end pieces (left side and right side) were used for second and even a third connection. These transfers were only issued upon payment of a supplementary fare on top of the initial fare. 

   Some varieties of ticket omitted the side stubs, had boxes for 4 to 12, a box for PM and a single box to denote 1 - 4 AM. This was because a lot of streetcar lines ceased operating in the wee hours of the morning. 

   A paying passenger paid the conductor / operator on the streetcar one initially boarded for your initial fare and the supplemental fare, and he punched the ticket with a ticket punch (as the conductors would for cash fare tickets on regular trains) and the conductor would give to you the transfer. Upon alighting at your next segment and boarding that car, you presented the transfer ticket to the conductor. He removed one of the end stubs. If you needed to ride on the third segment, you repeated this process at which time you were only left with the center section of the original transfer. 

   Before the first unification, there were two transfer formats: horizontal or vertical, and many different designs: Stedman Patent, Pope Patent, Smith and Moran among several others. It can even be observed that these designs evolved. The Pope Patent for example, is known in two types.

   One of the more historically important of surface transfers, is the Stedman Transfer dating from 1900-1910. It was patented by John Harry Stedman of Rochester, NY. It featured a clock in grid form in 15 minute intervals, and 31 days and 12 months. With this type of transfer, a conductor did not have to carry a new date of transfer each day and the company could save on costs as one transfer would be good all year. The only discerning mark to differentiate it from other transfers was the Run Number. 

   In actuality, this was the second design of Stedman Transfer. Predating this version, was one with several different faces of people patented in 1892. The conductor punched the face that most closely resembled that of the paying passenger to prevent reuse by someone other than the paying passenger. 

   For the record, we have yet to witness this design having been issued for any transportation company in the City of New York or other boroughs.

   This design did not go over too well for several reasons. First, there were too many varieties of people. Second, mostly everyone dressed the same, sported similar styles of beards, etc. Third, there was a lot of discontent amongst the passengers whom complained, "I beg your pardon, but sir, I do not look that way!"  

   John Harry Stedman also came to be famous for the pipe cleaner. Yes, that pipe cleaner; the fuzzy wire things most of us used in elementary school to make art. Originally they were all white, and when invented,  they were made to clean tobacco pipes, not art projects.

   Returning to the transfers issued and used in New York City; the next generation of transfers came about sometime in the late 1930's (1938?). These were vertical format, similar to the streetcar transfers of same age, easy to read in a san-serif typeface; but instead of an hourly listing, these have simple AM and PM at the bottom. The PM is on a perforated tear off tab at the bottom. If the transfer was issued in the morning, the PM stub was torn off, making the transfer valid for us only in the morning hours.

   However, there were many types of transfers and are seen with the following legends:

Cash Fare Receipt, Identification Ticket, Feeder, Free, Continuing Ride, Special, Special (A), Special (AA), Special (AB), Special (B), Special (C), Special (D)

   Cash Fare Receipt seems obvious enough, but definitions and issuance and usage criteria for the array of specials is not known at this time. Obviously, with this assortment of types makes for very extensive collecting, with usage category, date, route and direction combinations.

   The usage of the various types of transfers may have something to do with the fact a rider could purchase successive transfers on intersecting and connecting lines for a minimal fee (1 or 2 cents) and less than the initial fare of 5 cents. To better explain, a passenger boards the first trolley of his or her trip and pays the initial fare of say 5 cents. This is the "feeder line". Depending on the company and the route and upon request, the passenger could receive either a "Free", or a "Continuing Ride" transfer for 1 cent to the next line.

   When the passenger boarded that next trolley and still desired to go further to yet another line, they would purchase yet another transfer for 1 cent for their third ride. Upon transfering to that line, the passenger purchases yet another additional transfer for 1 cent for a fourth ride, and on and on.


   It appears these streetcar line transfers were standardized under this generic design in Brooklyn first, as even in the 1940's, the streetcar transfers were still horizontal and remained of the older style appearance in the Bronx and Manhattan.

   Note, that even after the first unification, streetcar transfers still carried an identifying subdivision: Brooklyn & Queens Transit, BMT Division Surface Lines, NYRT Corp, NYCTS, S. B. R’y, etc.

   This style of transfer was also gradually adopted for bus routes as well; and spread throughout the 5 boroughs. It remained in use by the New York City Transit Authority until September 12, 1982.


Transfer Fares

   A brief synopsis of the costs of transfers is as follows: surface line transfers from inception was 1 cent. Both the Brooklyn Rapid Transit and the New York Railway Co. raised the cost of a transfer to 2 cents on August 1, 1919 and surface companies in Queens are not mentioned.

   On September 1, 1936, a free transfer policy was instituted on almost all surface lines operating in the Bronx.

   On July 1, 1948 (the First Unification), the issuance of transfers were limited to just a single free connecting ride:


   In 1958, the Fifth Avenue Coach Lines (Surface Transportation Corp) raised their cost of a transfer to 3 cents on top of a 15 cent fare, then to 5 cents for a transfer on June 10, 1961; and on February 2, 1962, eliminated transfers completely.

  



   The following map, was published the Electric Railroads Association in April 1950. The ERA is a non-profit educational organization consisting of people interested in the history and progress of electric railways, and many of the New York City Transit Ephemera collectors have memberships in this group.

   The map reflects the surface transit network of Streetcars in Brooklyn, NY as of April 1950. While the map itself is not a "collectible" in regards to transit fare ephemera, it does reflect the vast amount of connections and likewise, the surface transfers that were issued to continue a ride from one line to another; in a single borough of New York City.

   You may click on the map for a large format file for in depth reference (use your back arrow to return you here).



Brooklyn Heights Railroad
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Tompkins Avenue Line - April 8, 1901
Hamilton Bank Note
2" x 5 1/16"
Gates Avenue & Broadway to Ridgewood & Manhattan
June 28 or 29 PM
Stedman Time Limit, third type
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issues above $12.50 - $15.00, with 10% premium for special dates, 50% premium for transfers issued on last day of service on that route.
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   Popes Patent transfers are unusual as they do not appear to have been widely used throughout the system. The older style transfers above, and the standardized transfers below are much more plentiful and easily obtained.  It is also not known why Pope's Patent Tickets are seen with dates carried by the older style as well as the standardized design. It is possible the Pope's Patent slowly replaced the older style as needed.

   It is also not known why the Pope's Patent appear to be more scarce. Possible reasons may be short tenured company, non-renewal of contract, or unfavorable design. There was also a patent infringement case in 1912 involving Pope and the Cincinnati Railway, in which the design elements of the Cincinnati Railway ticket was infringing upon the design Pope time limit ticket, even though Cincinnati was the plaintiff and Pope was the defendant.

   So this may have precipitated a complete change of design as well.


   Pope Patent Tickets are also wider than their counterparts, being 2 3/8" wide as opposed to 2"

Pope's Patent Time Limit, two sided, early type
2 5/8" x 6 1/8"
Pope's Patent Time Limit, two sided, later type
2 3/8" x 5 1/8" without selvage
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intentionally left blank
Greene & Gates Aves.

2 1/2" x 5" without selvage
Gravesend - Church Line
So. B. Ry. Co. (South Brooklyn Railway)

2 1/4" x 4 5/8" without selvage
Seventh Avenue Line

2 3/8"
x 5 1/2" without selvage
Smith Street Line
B&QT Corp.
(Brooklyn Queens Transit)
2 3/8" x 5 1/2" without selvage
intentionally left blank
Tompkins Avenue Line
B&QT Corp. (Brooklyn Queens Transit)
2 3/8" x 5 1/8" with partial selvage
Tompkins Avenue Line
B&QT Corp. (Brooklyn Queens Transit)
2 1/4" x 5 3/16" with selvage
Tompkins Avenue Line
B&QT Corp. (Brooklyn Queens Transit)
2 3/8" x 6 1/16" with partial selvage
Tompkins Avenue Line
B&QT Corp. (Brooklyn Queens Transit)
2 5/16" x 5 1/2" to perforation

for an odd and as yet undetermined reason, Pope Patent tickets are not as frequently encountered as the earlier Stedman or Smith Patent issues.
scarce $17.50 - $20.00, with 10% premium for special dates
, 50% premium for transfers issued on last day of service on that route.



   The following transfers feature the "standardized" design. They predate the first unification and started to appear in the mid-1930s. The actual date of their institution is uncertain, but it is believed to be November 1, 1934; and these were printed by Globe Ticket.

   After June 1, 1940, the transfers had the "union bug" (union label) added to denote that the printing contract was performed by a union shop, with said printing falling under the Printing Specialties & Paper Products Union Local 495.

   Also after June 1, 1940, the issuing authority was changed from Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corporation (B & QT Corp), South Brooklyn Railway (So B Ry), et al, to the New York City Transit System (NYCTS) or Board of Transportation / New York City Transit System / BMT Division - Surface Lines.

   As such, you may see what appear to be duplicates of tickets below, but in fact show the pre-unification (B &QT) and post-unification versions (NYCTS).

   As the tariff rules and specifications of the issuing companies remains unknown, (it is possible the documents survive in some archive, but where remains a guess); it is one endeavor of this author (PMG) to compile and discern all the varieties of transfers issued for a particular line and at least for the borough of Brooklyn. As you can imagine, this is no small feat.

   Dates listed under line name are the first day of internal combustion powered buses. Therefore the last day of trolley service is day before. Those tickets issues on that last day are so noted.

Bay Ridge Line / Bay Ridge Avenue Line
May 15, 1949
C-23
Special Transfer
Bay Ridge Avenue Line
NYCTS
Special Transfer
Bay Ridge Avenue Line
NYCTS
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Bergen Beach Shuttle Line
August 6, 1930 (east end)
March 5, 1951 (entire line)
A-14
Special Transfer
Bergen Beach Shuttle Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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Bergen Street Line
July 20, 1947
E-7
Special Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
E-8
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
E-9
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
E-9
Special Ticket
NYCTS
E-10
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
E-13
Special Transfer (BB)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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Broadway Line
January 15, 1950
 E-1
Special Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
 E-2
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
E-3
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
E-4
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
E-4
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
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intentionally left blankintentionally left blankintentionally left blank
2-1
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service
2-2
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service
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Bushwick Avenue Line
September 1, 1947
G-1
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
G-2
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
G-2
Transfer (C)
NYCTS
G-2
Transfer (D)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
G-2
Transfer (D)
NYCTS
G-10
Transfer (AB)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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need Calvary Cemetery Line
January 26, 1930
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Church Avenue Line
October 31, 1956
D-9
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
D-10
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
1-1
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
1-2
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
9-1
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
9-2
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
This would be one of two last streetcar lines to operate in Brooklyn, until October 31, 1956.
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Coney Island Avenue Line
November 30, 1955
B-19
2 Cent Cash Transfer (B)
Coney Island Avenue Line

NYCTS

2 Cent Cash Transfer (AA)
Coney Island Avenue Line
NYCTS
9-3
Free Transfer
Coney Island Avenue Line

BOT / NYCTS / BMT
9-4
Free Transfer
Coney Island Avenue Line

BOT / NYCTS / BMT

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Cortelyou Road Line
July 23, 1930 (to electric bus)
J-11
Special Transfer (AB)

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
J-12
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
J-13
Special Transfer

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp

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Court Street Line
July 17, 1949
C-14
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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Crosstown Line
January 27, 1951
C-27
Continuing Trip Ticket
normally backs are blank but this one had interesting notation on it that was worth showing. As a result, it is now thought that November 1934 is the date this style of transfer was released.
Brooklyn & Queens Transit
F-1
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
F-2
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp

Transfer (D)
NYCTS
2-3
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT

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need Cypress Hills Line
September 1, 1947
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DeKalb Avenue
January 30, 1949
G-14
Sepcial Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
G-15
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
G-16
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
G-16
Feeder Ticket
NYCTS
G-17
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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Eighth Avenue Line
May 15, 1949
C-11
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
C-12
Special Transfer (AB)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS

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Erie Basin Line
March 5, 1944
B-35
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
B-36
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
B-36
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
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Erie Basin Extension
C-31
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp

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Fifteenth Street Line
December 1, 1945
B-5
Special Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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Fifth Avenue Line
February 20, 1949



C-1
Special Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
C-2
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
C-3
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
C-4
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
C-4
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
C-5
Special Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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Flatbush Avenue Line (w/ branches)
March 5, 1951
A-1
Feeder Ticket
Line 1 from East 71st Street
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
A-1
Feeder Ticket
Line 1 from East 71st Street
NYCTS
A-2
Feeder Ticket
Line 2 from Avenue U
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
A-5
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
A-21
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
intentionally left blankintentionally left blank
6-15
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
A-5
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
6-17
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service

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Flushing Avenue Line
November 21, 1948
G-25
Feeder Ticket
NYCTS
H-5
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp
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Flushing - Ridgewood Line
July 17, 1949
Special Transfer
NYCTS
G-24
Special Transfer
NYCTS
7-5
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
7-6
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
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Franklin Avenue Line
October 28, 1945
B-21
Special Transfer (B)
Franklin Avenue Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-22
Feeder Ticket
Franklin Avenue Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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Fulton Street Line
August 10, 1941
E-5
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-6
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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need Furman Street Line
(date?)

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Graham Avenue Line
December 21, 1948
F-4
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
F-4
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
F-5
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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Grand Street Line
December 11, 1949
H-10
Cash Fare Receipt
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
H-11
Cash Fare Receipt
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
H-14
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
H-15
Special Transfer (AB)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
2-8
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service
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Gravesend - Church Line
June 1, 1949
identical service continued after this date as Church Avenue Line
D-14
Special Transfer
South Brooklyn Railway

Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
1-3
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
note the transfer specifies the Cortelyou Road electric bus
- one of only seven trackless trolley routes in Brooklyn.
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Greene & Gates Avenue Line
October 5, 1941

G-6
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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need Greenpoint Line
November 19, 1945

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Hamilton Avenue Line / Hamilton Avenue - Bay Ridge Line
March 29, 1942
C-13
Identification Ticket
NYCTS
C-15
Continued Trip Ticket

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-16
Special Transfer

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-17
Fare Receipt

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-25
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-27
Special Transfer
NYCTS
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need Hicks Street Line
(date?)
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Holy Cross Cemetery Shuttle Line
April 1, 1951
A-13
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
6-18
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT

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Jamaica Avenue Line
November 30, 1947
E-11
Special Transfer (AB)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-14
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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Junction Boulevard Line
(also known as North Shore Line)
August 24, 1949
G-11
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
7-7
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
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Lorimer Street
December 14, 1947
F-10
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
F-11
Special Transfer (D)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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"MacDonald" Avenue Line
October 31, 1956
S-W 4-49
Special Free Transfer
to BMT Rapid Transit at Avenue X
toward Coney Island
MacDonald Avenue Line is misspelled - correct is McDonald
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
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McDonald - Vanderbilt Line
October 31, 1956
B-5
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
B-12
Special Transfer (B)

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-13
Special Ticket

South Brooklyn Railway / B&QT
B-31
Identification Ticket
South Brooklyn Railway / B&QT
B-38
Special Transfer
South Brooklyn Railway
9-12
Free Transfer

BOT / NYCTS / BMT
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Meeker - Marcy Avenues Line
April 17, 1939?
F-15
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
F-16
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
F-17
Feeder Ticket

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
F-19
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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Metropolitan Avenue
June 12, 1949
E-31
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-32
Identification Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-33
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-34
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
G-13
Identification Ticket
NYCTS
G-13
Identification Ticket
NYCTS
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7-8
Free Transfer
NYCTS

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Myrtle - Court Line
July 17, 1949
G-4
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
G-9
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service

Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service
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Nassau Avenue Line
(date?)
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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New Lots Avenue Line
September 1, 1947
D-11
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
D-20
Special Transfer (AB)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

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Norton's Point Line
November 7, 1948
B-25?
Special Transfer
South Brooklyn Railway
B-26
Special Transfer
South Brooklyn Railway
B-28
Special Transfer
South Brooklyn Railway

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Norton's Point Shuttle Line
allegedly ended September 26, 1935, operated June 1943
B-27
Special Ticket
South Brooklyn Railway
B-34
Special Transfer
South Brooklyn Railway
The Nortons' Point Line is one of the most fondly remembered in Brooklyn Streetcar history. Some remnants of it still survive: cut off girders on the upper level of Stillwell Avenue Station (under the present tower),
an alley that runs for several block between rows of buildings that was its private right of way and a property marker obelisk in Sea Gate.

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Nostrand Avenue Line
April 1, 1951
A-7
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
A-8
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
A-9
Special Transfer (D)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
A-10
Cash Fare Receipt
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

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Nostrand Avenue Shuttle Line
A-12
Special Cash Fare Receipt
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

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Ocean Avenue Line
April 29, 1951
D-18
Special Ticket
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
D-18
Special Ticket
NYCTS
1-5
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
1-6
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
1-6?
Free Transfer
Gravesend - Church removed
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
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need: Park Avenue Line
June 19, 1930

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Putnam Avenue Line
September 21, 1941
restored November 29, 1942 to February 5, 1950
G-5
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
G-5
Feeder Ticket
NYCTS
G-6
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
G-7
Special Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service
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Ralph Avenue Line
November 1, 1943
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

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Ralph - Rockaway Avenues Line
May 27, 1951
D-6
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
1-7
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
1-8
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
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Richmond Hill Line
April 26, 1950
G-18
Special Transfer (AB)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
G-19
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
7-15
Free Transfer
NYCTS
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Rockaway Parkway Line
April 29, 1951
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT

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Sea Gate Line
December 1, 1946
B-23
Special Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-25
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-33
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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Seventh Avenue Line
February 11, 1951
B-4
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
9-15
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
9-16
Three Cent Cash Ticket
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
transfer to BMT Rapid Transit Lines
at Bridge - Jay Street Station
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need Sixteenth Avenue Line
January 26, 1930
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Smith - Coney Island Line
B-14
Special Transfer (A)
Smith - Coney Island Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-15
Special Transfer (B)
Smith - Coney Island Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-16
Feeder Ticket
Smith - Coney Island Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-17
Continuing Trip Ticket
Smith - Coney Island Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-18
Special Transfer (AA)
Smith - Coney Island Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-19
Special Transfer (BB)
Smith - Coney Island Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
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B-32
Identification Ticket
Smith - Coney Island Line
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

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Smith Street Line
February 11, 1951
B-16
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-17
Continuing Trip Ticket

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
(this stock code duplicated with
Smith-Coney Island Line above)
9-17
Free Transfer

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
9-18
Free Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

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Station No. 1 / Station No. 2
K-1
Special Transfer
Station No. 1 is Forth Avenue Subway at 86th Street
New York Rapid Transit Corp.
K-2
Special Ticket
Station No. 2 was the Broadway Ferry spur south of the Williamsburgh Bridge
New York Rapid Transit Corp.
.

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St. John's Place
August 24, 1947
D-24
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
D-25
Continuing Trip Ticket
NYCTS
.

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Sumner Avenue Line
July 20, 1947
D-33
Feeder Ticket
NYCTS
D-34
Feeder Ticket
NYCTS
.

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Sumner - Sackett Line
(date?)


Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

.

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Third Avenue Line
March 1, 1942
C-18
Identification Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-21
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-22
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
.

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Tompkins Avenue Line
August 24, 1947
E-39
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-40
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-41
Special Transfer (D)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
E-42
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
.

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Union Avenue Line
December 1, 1945
F-12
Transfer (C)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
F-13
Transfer (D)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
.

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Union Street Line
December 1, 1935
B-9
Special Transfer (A)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
B-37
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

.

.

Utica - Reid Line
March 18, 1951
A-20
Special Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
.

.
Vanderbilt Avenue Line
August 20, 1950
9-9
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
.

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West End Line
June 28, 1947
C-29
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-32
Special Ticket
NYCTS
.

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Wilson Avenue Line -
May 27, 1951
D-2
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
D-3
Feeder Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
D-15
Special Transfer
NYCTS
Special Transfer
NYCTS
D-19
Continuing Trip Ticket
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
.
intentionally left blankntentionally left blank

1-10
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
1-10?
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service
1-11?
Free Transfer
BOT / NYCTS / BMT
last day of trolley service


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65th Street - Bay Ridge Avenue Line
May 15, 1949
C-23
Special Transfer
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-24
Special Transfer (A)

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-25
Special Transfer (B)

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
C-30
Special Transfer

Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.
.

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need 65th Street - Fort Hamilton Line
March 1, 1942
(possibly the above 65th Street - Bay Ridge line with wrong name?)
.

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86th St. Line
August 12, 1948
C-8
Special Transfer
NYCTS
C-10
Special Transfer (B)
Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corp.

Mostly common; issues above $2.00 to 2.50 for circulated to $3.00 with intact selvage. 25% premium for special dates, and those issued for Norton's Point, Station 1 and Station 2
50% premium for transfers issued on last day of service on that route.
Intact books are also quite common and not worth the sum of individual tickets, $15.00 - $17.50.

Consideration for complete control sets dates matching is necessary.



Children's Half Fare Ticket
issued at Brooklyn end of Williamsburg Bridge for any
streetcar line originating at that location
K-3 - Adult Fare Ticket
issued at Brooklyn end of Williamsburg Bridge for any
streetcar line originating at that location
Uncommon; issues above $5.00 - $7.50 each, with 25% premium for special dates, 50% premium for transfers issued on last day of service on that route.




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Sittner, Garner & Geery - Simplex; very unusual
4 15/16" x 2"

uncommon; issue above $7.00 - $10.00 each


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Bailey Avenue Line
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent

.

.
Boston Road
intentionally left blank
South - AM/PM
Third Avenue Transit Corporation
no patent
.
North - PM
Union Railway Co of New York City
Smith Patent
South - PM
Union Railway Co of New York City
Smith Patent
.
intentionally left blank
South - PM
Union Railway Co of New York City
(no patent)

.

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Bronx & Van Cortlandt Park Line
intentionally left blank

direction not specified (southbound) - PM (buff)
New York City Interborough Railway
Smith Patent
.
intentionally left blank
North - AM (buff)
New York City Interborough Railway
(no patent)
.
North - PM
New York City Interborough Railway
(no patent)
South - PM
New York City Interborough Railway
(no patent)
.
North - AM/PM (buff)
Third Avenue Transit Corp
(no patent)
South - AM/PM (buff)
Third Avenue Transit Corp
(no patent)

.

.
Bruckner Boulevard Line
North - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
South - PM (blue)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
.
City Island - West Farms
West - PM (buff)
Surface Transportation Corp.
(no patent)
note on back: bus

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Clason Point line
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Union Railway Co of New York City
Smith Patent

.

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Concourse - Hub Line
North - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

Concourse - 138th Street Line
North - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
.
.

.

Jerome - Bainbridge Avenue Line
South - PM (buff)
Surface Transportation Corp
(no patent)

.

.

Main Line - Webster Ave & White Plains Road
intentionally left blank
North - PM (buff)
Union Railway Co. of New York City (san-serif)
Smith Patent
.
intentionally left blank
North - AM (green)
Union Railway Co. of New York City (serif)
(no patent)
.
intentionally left blank
North - PM (buff)
Union Railway Co. of New York City (sans-serif)
Smith Patent
North - AM (buff)
Union Railway Co. of New York City (serif)
(no patent)
South - PM (pink)
Union Railway Co. of New York City
(no patent)

.

.
Morris Avenue
intentionally left blank
South - AM (buff)
Union Railway Co. of New York City
Smith Patent
North - PM (buff)
Union Railway Co. of New York City
Smith Patent
South - PM (pink)
Union Railway Co. of New York City
Smith Patent
.

.

Morris Park Avenue
West - PM (pink)
Union Railway Co. of New York City
Smith Patent

.

.
Ogden Avenue
North - PM (buff)
New York City Interborough Railway
Smith Patent
South - PM (pink)
New York City Interborough Railway
Smith Patent
intentionally left blank
North - PM (green)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)

.

.
Prospect Avenue Line
North - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.

Riverdale Avenue Line
North - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
Southern Boulevard
North - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
St. Anns Avenue
North - PM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
South - PM (pink)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
.
intentionally left blank

South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
Southern Boulevard
South - AM/PM (pink)
Third Avenue Transit Corp
(no patent)

.

.
Throggs Neck Line
(direction not specified) - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)
(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
Tremont Avenue
East - PM (orange)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)
West - PM (purple)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)
.
intentionally left blank
East - PM (orange)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
University Avenue
North - PM (green)
New York City Interborough Railway
Smith Patent
North - PM (pink)
New York City Interborough Railway
Smith Patent

.

.
Westchester Avenue
intentionally left blank
South - AM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)
.
North - PM (green)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)
South - PM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)

.

.
Williamsbridge Line
North - PM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
North - PM (pink)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
.
intentionally left blank
East - AM/PM (orange)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)
.
intentionally left blank
North - PM (orange)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
Willis Avenue Line
North - PM (green)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
South - PM (pink)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)
.
intentionally left blank
North - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
138th Street Crosstown Line
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
.
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
149th Street Crosstown Line
(direction not specified) - AM / PM (buff)
New York City Interborough Railway
(no patent)
.
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
New York City Interborough Railway
Smith Patent
.
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
163rd Street Crosstown Line
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
.
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
167th Street Line
East - PM (orange)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
West - PM (purple)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
.
East - PM (buff)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
West - PM (blue)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
170th Street Crosstown Line
East - PM (orange)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.

180th Street Crosstown Line
East - PM (orange)
New York City Interborough Railway
(Smith Patent copy)
West - PM (buff)
New York City Interborough Railway
Smith Patent
.
East - PM (orange)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)
West - PM (blue)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
207th Street Crosstown
(no direction specified) - AM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
Smith Patent
(no direction specified) - PM (buff)
Union Railway of New York City
(no patent)

.

.
Union Railway - Conductors Check
PM (buff)
Conductors Check
(no patent)


Smith Patent (and copies thereof)
mostly common; issues above $2.00 - $3.00 each, with 25% premium for special dates, 50% premium for transfers issued on last day of service on that route.



North and South Lines

1st Avenue Line
South - AM (buff)
Second Avenue Railroad Corp
(no patent)

.

.
2nd Avenue Line
South - AM (red)
New York City Railway
Globe Ticket

.

.
Third Avenue & Amsterdam Line
North - AM (buff)
Third Avenue Railway
Smith Patent
South - PM (buff)
Third Avenue Railway
Smith Patent
.
South - AM (pink)
Third Avenue Railway
(no patent)
South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
Lexington Avenue Line
South - AM/PM (pink)
Metropolitan Street Railway
(no patent) Globe Ticket
.
South - AM/PM (pink)
New York Railways Corp
(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
Lexington & Lenox Avenues Line
South - AM (pink)
New York Railways Corp
(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
4th and Madison Avenues Line
intentionally left blank
South - PM (buff (with red stripe)
New York & Harlem Railroad Co.
Globe Ticket P. M. Coupon Patent 11-21-'05
.
.intentionally left blank
North - PM (green)
New York Railways
Smith Patent
.
intentionally left blank
South - PM (red)
New York City Railway
(no patent) Globe Ticket
.
North - AM/PM (buff)
Madison Avenue Coach
(no patent) Globe Ticket
South - AM/PM (pink)
Madison Avenue Coach (above date)
(no patent) Globe Ticket
(note on back: bus line replaced streetcar)
.
intentionally left blank
South - AM/PM (pink)
Madison Avenue Coach (below date)
(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
5th, 7th, St. Nicholas Parkway, Cathedral, Convent & Fort Washington Avenue Lines
South - AM/PM (pink)
Fifth Avenue Coach
(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
Broadway Line
South - PM (red)
New York City Railway
(no patent) Globe Ticket
South - PM (pink)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)

(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
Broadway Night Cars
North - AM (green)
New York City Railway
(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
Broadway Branch
intentionally left blank
North - PM (green)
42nd st., Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Avenue Railway
(no patent)
(1904, 10, 21, 27, 32, 38)
.
intentionally left blank
(sans-serif) North - AM (green)
42nd st., Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Avenue Railway
Smith Patent
.
North - AM (buff)
42nd st., Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Avenue Railway
Smith Patent
South - PM (pink)
42nd st., Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Avenue Railway
Smith Patent

.

.
Broadway - Columbus Avenue Line
North - AM (buff)
New York Railways
Smith Patent
.
North - AM/PM (green)
New York City Omnibus
(no patent)
(note on back: new bus replaced streetcar)

.

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Broadway - 7th Avenue Line
North - AM/PM (buff)
New York Railways
(no patent) Globe Ticket
(note on back: street car)

.

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6th and Amsterdam Avenue Line
North - AM (green)
New York Railways
Smith Patent

.

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7th / Seventh Avenue Line
North / South - AM/PM (buff)
from Sub-Route to Through Route
New York City Omnibus

(no patent) Globe Ticket
(note on back: bus)
South - AM/PM (buff)
New York City Omnibus

(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
8th / Eighth Avenue Line
North - PM (green)
New York Railways

Smith Patent Ticket

.

.
9th / Ninth Avenue Line
North - PM (green)
New York Railways
Smith Patent

.

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Columbus - Lenox Avenue Line
North - AM/PM (buff)
New York Railways
(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
10th / Tenth Avenue
intentionally left blank
North - PM (green)
42nd St, Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Railway
Smith Patent
.
North - PM (green)
42nd St, Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Railway
Smith Patent
South - PM (pink)
42nd St, Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Railway
Smith Patent
.
intentionally left blank
(direction not specified) - PM (green)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)
(Smith Patent copy)

.

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Riverside Drive Lines
North - AM/PM (green)
Fifth Avenue Coach co.
(no patent) Globe Ticket

.

.
West Belt Line
North - AM (green)
Central Park, North & East River Railroad
(no patent)


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Crosstown Lines

34th Street Crosstown Line
(direction not specified) - AM/PM (buff)
New York Railways
Smith Patent

.

.
42nd Street Crosstown Line
(direction not specified) - PM (purple)
42nd St, Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Railway
Smith Patent
(direction not specified) - AM (buff)
42nd St, Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Railway
Smith Patent
.
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Surface Transportation Corp of NY (receivership, Lester T. Doyle trustee)
(Smith Patent copy)

.

.
49th & 50th Street Crosstown
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Comprehensive Omnibus Corp
(no patent)
(note on back: obsolete form new type now in use)

.

.
59th Street Crosstown Line
(direction not specified) - PM (buff)
Belt Line Railway Corp
Smith Patent

.

.
86th Street Line
(direction not specified) - AM/PM (buff)
New York City Omnibus Corp
(no patent)

.

.
Smith Patent; Globe Ticket, and unmarked printers

mostly common; issues above $2.00 - $3.00 each, with 25% premium for special dates
, 50% premium for transfers issued on last day of service on that route.






.
New York & Queens County Railway
Globe Ticket
4 1/4" x 2

Stedman Transfers
4 9/16" x 1 7/8"

New York and Queens Transit Corporation

Moran Patent
.
.
Queensboro Bridge Railway
uncommon issues above; $7.50 - $10.00 each, with 25% premium for special dates, 50% premium for transfers issued on last day of service on that route.


   Many of the older transfers were printed on both sides, with warnings on the back, whether it be unlawful use of a transfer, or beware of counterfeit money.

   However, many carried advertising for local businesses as well as the more prominent stores such as Abraham & Straus.

mostly common; however issues with advertising from well known businesses and department stores, 10% premium.





 



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