General Scheme of New Jersey with Diagram of Post Routes1891 REPRINT
General Scheme of New Jersey with Diagram of Post Routes1891 REPRINT
General Scheme of New Jersey with Diagram of Post Routes1891 REPRINT
General Scheme of New Jersey with Diagram of Post Routes1891 REPRINT

General Scheme of New Jersey with Diagram of Post Routes1891 REPRINT

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General Scheme of New Jersey with Diagram of Post Routes1891 REPRINT
 
General Scheme of New Jersey with Diagram of Post Routes September 1, 1891 Reprint
Copyright 1891, reprint date unknown
86 pgs

Complete listing of contemporary rail road stations, railway post offices and indirectly serviced, post-towns within the state of New Jersey.

Introduction:
The demise of the United States Railway Mail Service has in no way diminished the interest in its former operations. Postal historians as well as railroad buffs have always been intrigued by the romance of the iron horse and the progress it brought to all areas served.
The rise and fall of population centers, from the smallest hamlet to the largest city, can easily be traced to the establishment or discontinuance of a local postal facility.
New Jersey most certainly holds a special place in the annals of railroading, for the Camden-Perth Amboy line was one of the very first commercially successful railway links in the history of this nation.
Since then. many villages have come and gone, as civilization accompanied the tracks laid through pine barrens and over mountains, along highways as well as rivers and ocean ports.
Toward the end of the nineteenth century the State of New Jersey experienced a proliferation of railroad construction. New charters were obtained in record numbers and railroad mergers took place faster than new General Schemes could possibly be published.
Advancing railroads resulted in expanded and greatly improved mail service and the time came when three mail deliveries daily were commonplace.
To help preserve the history of the United States Railway Mail Service in New Jersey, this facsimile reproduction of the General Scheme of New Jersey for the year 1891 has been prepared.
To provide a better understanding of past haydays in railroading, we added some candid views of no-longer existing railroad stations and pictures of quaint postoffices.
Most important to the postal historian, however, will be the inclusion of some official documents and the reproduction of certain selected and representative postmarks.
In as much as postal regulations required the clerk to make all necessary changes in the scheme with pencil only, a number of entries will appear rather light in print. While this cannot be helped, it is hoped that the meaning of all such entries will be fully understood.
The reader will find many "Ghost Towns" in the following pages, hamlets and villages which have changed their names or vanished from the map entirely. The names of many railroads have likewise disappeared from the official register, as have the steam locomotive itself and the passenger terminals it once served.
The approaching two-hundreth anniversary of the nation is an appropriate time to recall remote as well as recent history of the original thirteen colonies. Postal history of New Jersey is one of the most popular subjects among philatelists in our state and we sincerely hope that this publication will be of help, assistance and value to those who strife to perpetuate our past.
All illustrations contained herewith go back to the turn of the century, but not necessarily to the very year this scheme was originally published.

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