Photo of streetcar derailment Pennsylvania, early 1900s

$140.00 CAD

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Nice photo of two employees looking at a streetcar that has gone off the tracks.

Car # on side: '193’.

Based on photo, believe it could be a John Stephenson streetcar.

On back: ‘GEO. A. SANDERS Developing, Printing and Enlarging SO.BETHLEHEM, PA.’ Written in pencil “William Fexter(?)

South Bethlehem is about 60 miles NE of Pittsburgh.

Undated, guessing early 1900s.

Very clean. Nicely mounted on cardboard backing.

Cardboard: 15 x 15.5 cm

Photo: 9.5 x 12 cm

(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).


John G. Stephenson (1809 in County Armagh, Ireland - 1893 in New Rochelle, N.Y.), an American coachbuilder, invented and patented the first streetcar to run on rails in the United States. Stephenson also designed the New York and Harlem Railroad which was formally opened on 26 November 1832. Twelve days later a horse-drawn streetcar built at Stephenson's works and named John Mason after the president of the railroad company, started the public service. Stephenson is therefore remembered as the creator of the tramway.