Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company


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Product Details

Intricately engraved antique stock certificate from the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company dating back to the 1920's. This document, which has been signed by the company Vice President and Assistant Secreatry, was printed by the American Bank Note Company, and measures approximately 12" (w) by 8" (h).


This certificate features a nice vignette of an electrified trolley.

You will receive the exact certificate pictured.

Historical Context

Throughout Philadelphia a dense network of street railways existed in the mid 19th century, and by 1880 the city led all American cities in the length of its horse-car lines. Eventually these were converted to cable cars and to electric trolleys. An important Philadelphia transportation development was the Market Street Subway, the city's first underground railway built in 1907. The Broad Street Subway was completed in the twenties to expand the city's rapid transit system. About ten years later, both subways had been extended in the city, and work on the Locust Street Subway had begun. By 1955 trackless trolleys had replaced the trolley cars on rails to relieve congestion in the business district. Mass transit was provided mainly by trolley or bus lines, which networked across the metropolitan area.

As for this particular line, Peter A.B. Widener and William Elkins Lukins were responsible for the company’s development. On December 4, 1879, they acquired a controlling interest in the Union Passenger Railway Company, 12,600 shares, which were purchased by a combination of individuals, principally composed of officers and stockholders of the Continental Passenger Railway Company, at $100.00 a share -- this was the nucleus to the formation of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company in 1882.

In 1940, the company became the Philadelphia Transportation Company. On September 30, 1968, the PTC was purchased by SEPTA (Southeastern Philadelphia Transportation Authority).

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