Friday, August 21, 2015

Sign @TheHSDepot

One of the signs at The Depot is a blue metal sign for Travelers Insurance (pictured above).

Why would anyone buy "Accident Tickets?"  Well, accidents do occur and it is helpful to have some money coming in to offset medical or funeral costs.  This Insurance Co. claimed to pay for injuries if they were "ordinary accidents" or "received in the wreck of Car, or the burning or wreckage of a Passenger Steamer." Yikes!

 Cite:  Trade card/ticket:  Trip Accident Insurance, The Travelers Insurance Company of Hartford, Conn.; distributed or sold by Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R.R., Stroudsburg, PA, 1911-1914.  C. 1911-1914. Tickets.  Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, Hoboken Historical Museum Online Collections Database. Web. 21 Aug. 2015. < >.

The above images are Hartford, Conn. accident tickets given by railways in the early 1900's.  Now, if the fear of railway cars crushing you was not incentive enough you might have been compelled to buy these tickets after reading Hartford's ads in magazines, 

Cite:  Whitter, John Greenleaf, and L. Prang & Co. 1870.  Advertisement for Life and Accident Insurance, Travelers’ Insurance Co., Hartford, Conn.  Wood Engraving. Historic New England, Boston. Historic New England. Web. 21 Aug. 2015. < >.


Cite:  Rowell, J.H. Unknown Date. Travelers Insurance Co., Hartford, Conn.  Photograph.  Lib. Of Cong., Washington D.C. Lib. Of Cong.  Web. 21 Aug. 2015. <  >.
or postcards.

If you look closely you will see Abraham Lincoln sitting in the center.  Behind him (from left to right) are Admiral David G. Farrugut, General William T. Sherman, General George Henry Thomas, General George Gordon Meade, General Ulysses S. Grant, General Joseph Hooker, General Philip Henry Sheridan, and General Winfield Scott Hancock.

 Cite:  Notman, William. Union Commanders with Compliments of the Travelers Insurance Company.  1884. Photograph.  Lib. Of Cong., Washington D.C. Lib. Of Cong.  Web. 21 Aug. 2015. <  >.

My personal favorite is this postcard depicting a woman who is determined to win at all costs.

Cite:  Wood, Lawson, Prehistoric Pastimes.  1875. Postcard.  University of British Columbia Library, Vancouver, UBC Library Digital Collections. Web. 21 Aug. 2015. <  >.

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