Interborough Rapid Transit Token

Interborough Rapid Transit Token

Description (Brief)
The Scovill Manufacturing Company of Waterbury, Connecticut produced this transportation token during the early 20th century. The Scovill Company was established in 1802 as a button manufacturer and is still in business today. Scovill was an early industrial American innovator, adapting armory manufacturing processes to mass-produce a variety of consumer goods including buttons, daguerreotype mats, medals, coins, and transportation tokens. The center bears the overlapping initials IRT.
Obverse: The legend reads: INTERBOROUGH RAPID TRANSIT CO.
Reverse: The legend reads: GOOD FOR ONE FARE.
Location
Currently not on view
referenced
Interborough Rapid Transit Company
maker
Scovill Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 2.2 cm; 7/8 in
ID Number
1981.0296.1386
accession number
1981.0296
catalog number
1981.0296.1386
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Scovill Manufacturing Collection
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History

Comments

I just want to add information regarding the IRT token. It was minted in 1928 when the IRT Co. was sure that the State of NY and the courts would grant a fare increase from 5 cents to 7 cents. The fare increase was denied. The tokens were never circulated. In 1943 a large number of them were sold to the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad Company and remanufactured into new tokens for H & M use. In 1948 the remainder were sold and melted down for their metal content.

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