This is a hand cranked destination subway roll box. Printed on oil cloth this roll was changed by the engineer after each stop. The metal box with geared crank is 30 1/2" long x 6 1/8" high x 7 5/8" wide. The front label says "No. 1 Upper Destination" which refers to the position of the box. The box is from a subway line that ran through the Queens district of New York City. Early 20th century and in excellent condition.
These boxes are wonderful display pieces because they have a solid top like a shelf and can be rolled to a new destination according to you mood. Here is the list of destinations on the roll: Eight Ave, Metropolitan Ave, Special, Rockaway Pk'w'y, Atlantic Ave, Eastern P'kway, Crescent St, 168 ST Jamaica.
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Item ID: 3284