Fondly, Pennsylvania

Ring, ring, ring goes the trolley!

Monday, 3/28/11

Before SEPTA, public transportation in the city was largely the responsibility of the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC) and its predecessor, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company (PRT).  HSP's Harold E. Cox Transportation collection (#3158) is an invaluable resource that documents the history of these organizations and of public transportation generally in Philadelphia from the mid 1800s to the mid 1900s.  Thanks to the wonderful team from the PACSCL Hidden Collections Processing Project, this collection, with boxes and volumes that number into the hundreds, has been processed!  Processors Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza have written about their experience with this collection and provided pictures over on the PACSCL blog.  Click the link to find out more!



People Hit and killed by trolleys in mid 1900's

I was told a family member/friend was hit by a trolley on the streets of Philadelphia in the mid to late 1900's. I only have the first name being "Florence". Can you help me?

People Hit and killed by trolleys in mid 1900's

Hmmm, that may be a tough question to answer, but it's possible that there might be information on injuries in the Cox Transportation collection. If you'd like someone in our research department to look into it some more, you can submit a Research-By-Mail request. All the info you need to know about that service can be found on our site here:

Likewise, you may also be able to find out such information in local newspaper archives through the Free Library of Philadelphia:

Good luck!

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