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Railway Express "Treasure" Rail Car Interior Photos, 1924 (104929)

Currency:USD Category:Collectibles / Wells Fargo & Express Co's Memorabilia Start Price:150.00 USD Estimated At:300.00 - 500.00 USD
Railway Express  Treasure  Rail Car Interior Photos, 1924  (104929)
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This item SOLD at 2020 Feb 14 @ 14:08UTC-8 : PST
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Three 8 x 10" original sepia tone photos, framed (period). The back of one is written in pencil "Bishop/ 1924/ Berry/ Chamberlain/ Champlain/ Srigder (sp?)". This photo has six men, the bottom center of which is clearly the "big boss". The man ta his left is the armed guard for the car, with a five point shield badge on his lapel. The next two photos show the inside of the "treasure" railroad car. One of the two inside shots was taken on an open exhibit day, as signs explaining what is there are visible in the photo, as is the armed guard of the initial photo with a pistol, as well as a second armed guard with a pump action shotgun (Winchester Model 93?). Two small signs adjacent: "Armed messengers and guards ride with express" and bandit proof car safe. money, securities, jewelry, valuables". Next to the safe with closed door is an open door fire-proof locking heavy duty large iron treasure box. A package at front is addressed to a New York recipient, but none of the labels suggest the express company. A second interior car photo again shows the two armed guards shot from the other end of the car. In this view, a "Railway Express" sign is seen on the left wall. These are very rare views of the inside of the treasure railroad car.

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