Rhode Island Tercentenary Issue
First Day Cover
300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Rhode Island
Issued on May 4, 1936 in Providence, RI - Scott #777
Unofficial Cancel - Worchester & Providence
Rhode Island Tercentenary Commission - Planty #777-18b
Variation - Blue without First Day Cover at Bottom
There were two railroad
cancellations issued on May 4th 1936 for the First Day
of the Rhode Island Tercentenary issue. They are the
Worcester and Providence RPO
and the Providence Transfer Office.
The Providence & Worchester Railroad
was built in 1846-47 utilizing the right
of way for the abandoned Blackstone Canal. Union Station
in Providence was built by the P&W in 1848.
The Providence & Worchester Railroad operated as an
independent entity until 1889 when it was
leased to the New York, Providence & Boston
Railroad and in 1892 the lease was picked
up by the New Haven Railroad. In 1946
the Portland to New York run was rerouted to the
P&W line and the road continued to operate as a passenger
service until 1960 when the
"State of Maine"
made it's last run.
In 1969 P&W stockholders
made a request to resume independent operations
and after the I.C.C. granted their request in 1973
they resumed freight operations.
The Rail Lines of Southern New England - Ronald Dale Karr