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Brooklyn and Queens Transit Corporation

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SKU: 2285

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Product Details

Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Brooklyn and Queens Transit Corporation dating back to the 1930's. This document, which contains the printed signatures of the company President and Secretary, was printed by Quayle & Son and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).

 

The vignette features male and female figures with a globe, sledgehammer, books and a wheel.

The images presented are representative of the piece(s) you will receive. When representative images are presented for one of our offerings, you will receive a certificate in similar condition as the one pictured; however dating, denomination, certificate number and issuance details may vary.

Historical Context

The Brooklyn & Queens Transit Corporation (a B.M.T. subsidiary) operated an extensive network of trolley and bus lines in Brooklyn and Queens, with the primary focal points being Flushing and Coney Island. Some of their more famous routes included the Hamilton Avenue, Nostrand Avenue, Ocean Avenue and Sumner Avenue Lines.

In 1929 the Electric Railway President's Conference Committee was formed under the direction of Dr. Thomas Conway. 28 operating companies and 25 manufacturers participated in the ERPCC. Their goal was to develop a replacement for the 74,000 streetcars then in service in the United States, of which 40,000 were over 20 years old.

Field work was primarily carried out on the Brooklyn and Queens Transit Corp. using several of their cars as test beds. Truck development initially was done at Detroit Edison’s laboratories and the prototype set was fabricated and assembled there. Criteria for performance and passenger comfort were developed at the University of Michigan and Purdue University.

The Flushing-Ridgewood Line was the first to replace trolley service with bus service (the infamous bus #1472). The assets of the B&QT was eventually purchased by the City of New York in 1940.