This is a harder to find cap badge from the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. The occupation is Ticket Collector. Reflecting a higher level job status, it is brass, rather than a silver color. It would have been mounted on the front of the employee's hat.
A crest style badge, it is just under 1.25 inches tall in the center and 4 inches long.
Condition is extremely nice. It does show light signs of use, and it displays wonderfully. It retains its original arc and has never been flattened. The black fill in the stamped lettering is in excellent condition with only a few, hard to see, tiny scattered flakes. There is no maker's mark.
A fine addition to any good railway badge or uniform item collection, especially one with a New England focus.
The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, commonly known as the New Haven, operated in the northeastern United States from 1872 to 1968. It dominated the region's rail traffic for the first half of the 20th century. Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, it ran though that state and Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and into the southeastern portion of New York. In the earliest 1900s New York banker J. P. Morgan aggressively sought to monopolize New England transportation by arranging the New Haven's acquisition of 50 companies, including other railroads and steamship lines, and building a network of electrified trolley lines that provided interurban transportation for all of southern New England. By 1912, the New Haven operated more than 2,000 miles of track, with 120,000 employees, and practically monopolized traffic in a wide swath from Boston to New York City.
After only a few years, the NYNH&H began to falter as construction costs rose and the public began to turn against it due to its reputation for monopolies. A downhill slide was further exacerbated by the explosion of the automobiles, buses and trucks which robbed it of passenger and freight traffic. The line became bankrupt in 1935, was reorganized and reduced in scope, and went bankrupt again in 1961. Finally, in 1969 it was merged with the Penn Central system, which had been formed a year earlier by the merger of the New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad.
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