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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Lower Station: 1908

Lower Station: 1908

Holyoke, Massachusetts, circa 1908. "Lower station, Mount Tom Railway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Even More Expensive

25 cents is just for the ride up and down the mountain and the facilities at the top. It's 5 cents each way extra to ride the trolley cars in the photo from the Holyoke Post Office or even the nearest auto road, even more from other more distant places. Round trip from Springfield, Mass. to the top of the mountain is 55 cents.

Expensive

Considering that the going wage for a 10 hour day in 1908 was about $1, a roundtrip ticket to the top of the mountain costing 25 cents, was about two hour's worth of wages. A family of four making the trip used up an entire day's wages.

Love the trolley and railroad photos

Thanks Dave - always a pleasure to view railway pics. If anyone is interested, there is a site for this one.

 
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