Train Conductor's Ticket Punch

Description
The Bonney-Vehslage Tool Co. made this ticket punch that was used on the Southern Railway's Murphy Branch line during the 1920s. This punch makes an “L” shaped hole in the ticket. A conductor's punch cancelled the passenger's ticket stub and also cancelled the main portion of the ticket retained by the conductor. Each conductor had his own punch, which made a specifically shaped hole. The hole shape differed from punch to punch. In this way, if a passenger presented a stub and claimed his ticket had already been taken, a conductor could verify who in fact cancelled the ticket. A railroad conductor on a passenger train was (and is today) the supervising officer of the train and supervisor of the entire train crew. In addition to this supervisory role, the passenger-train conductor serves as the pursar, in charge of seeing to it that all fares are collected.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1920
associated dates
1910 / 1910
used date
1920-1940
user
Southern Railway
Measurements
overall: 5/8 in x 2 3/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 1.5875 cm x 6.0325 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
1990.0119.01
catalog number
1990.0119.01
accession number
1990.0119
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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