Rhode Island Picture
Wickford Harbor 1908
Wickford Railroad and Steamship Company
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The Postcard was sent on
January 18, 1908 to Miss Bertha Northrup in East Greenwich from
a friend in Wickford, Rhode Island. The stamp is the
Benjamin Franklin - 1 cent Booklet
Issue of 1900 to 1908 -
Scott 300b. This was the first one cent stamp ever issued by the
United States in booklet form. There were only three booklet
stamps issued previous to this issue, (1900-1903) and they were
all 2 cent stamps. The reverse of the card has two toning stains
where it was originally taped in an album.
The face of the postcard
shows the steamship General
at her pier in Wickford Harbor. The
Wickford Railroad and Steamboat Company
began carrying passengers from Wickford to Newport and back in
May of 1870. The General
was in operation from 1893 to 1925.
Passengers could board a
train in New York (The New
York, Providence and Boston Railroad)
and then connect with the Wickford Railroad and Steamboat
Company's spur at Wickford
Junction. This branch
railroad was 3.5 miles in length with stops at
and Wickford Landing.
After arriving at Wickford Landing, the passengers would board
the General for the 75 minute trip to Newport, RI.
1887 Cover - RPO Cancel New York,
Providence and Boston for a
complete history of the railroad line.