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    World's Columbian Exposition: Large Collection of Railroad Tickets to and from the Chicago World's Fair. Includes: a pair of Chicago Railway Tickets, one for the Cottage Grove Line and dated October 17, 1893 and the other on the 63rd Street Line and dated October 18, 1893; a Northwestern Line Special Excursion Ticket, Chicago back to Lake Preston SD; a Pittsburgh & Western Railway Co. large ticket for Coach Excursion to World's Fair Grounds and return good up to and include October 18, and including a full attached stub for a portion of the trip for first class passage between Akron and New Castle; an orange heavy paper stock ticket punched for 9 of 10 valid uses on the Illinois Central Railroad, Commutation Ticket and good only on the Hyde Park & Oak Woods Train, which, of course, were just to the west of the fairgrounds; an Illinois Central small strip ticket, green, mint condition, good only day of sale for Special World's Fair Train between Van Buren and 60th Street, where the passengers could disembark literally at the gate of the WCE; a red, white and black standard Illinois Central R.R. ticket, good only on May 1st, 1893 between 12th Street Station and 60th Street (at the fairgrounds entrance) but notes "Not Good on Special World's Fair Trains."; an Illinois Central ticket, this one good only on October 9th, 1893, on regular Suburban Trains from 60th street ; Chicago Day and original user of ticket has noted this and attendance on reverse of ticket in ink; Pittsburgh & Western Ry Co. Excursion ticket to the World's Fair for October 18 with a single stub remaining for one segment of the fare, from Akron to New Castle; an Agent's stub with a fare of $10.50 noted from Conneautville to Chicago on 8-9-93. Also included with this lot are two interesting photos from 1893, printed plates, one showing the first train run in New York in 1831 and another the Terminal Station at the fair, both photographed at the World's Fair. A real find for either the WCE or railroadiana enthusiast. From the collection of Norm Bolotin.

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    December, 2008
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