Here is a harder to find, nicely marked FRISCO brass switch key from the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, also known as The Frisco. From the shape of its barrel we can date it to somewhere around the 1920s-1940s. The small size ADLAKE maker stamp on the other side of the bow helps confirm the time period.
This key is very attractive with a warm, golden color and tall block letter stamping. It has a fine patina. The bit edges and barrel end are rounded from use. PLEASE NOTE there is a tiny nick -- perhaps a BUMP, we can't tell positively -- on the end of the barrel on the FRISCO side. This is cosmetic -- surface only(!) and does NOT go through, as can be seen in our picture of the end of the barrel, which is sound and strong.
Background from Wikipedia: The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway operated in the Midwest and South Central United States. Incorporated as a land grant line in Missouri in 1876, it was ran until April 17, 1980 with trackage in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. After a struggling start up including mergers and takeovers, the Frisco emerged as the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad, incorporated on June 29, 1896, which also went bankrupt. On August 24, 1916, the company was reorganized as the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway, although the line never went west of Texas -- nowhere near San Francisco. The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway had two main lines: St. Louis–Tulsa–Oklahoma City and Kansas City–Memphis–Birmingham. The junction of the two lines was in Springfield, Missouri, home to the company's main shop facility and headquarters. It was purchased and absorbed into the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1980.
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