New York and Sea Beach Railroad

1881

Antique Schedule for the New York and Sea Beach Railroad

Antique Schedule for Iron Steamboats to Coney Island

DESCRIPTION: Scarce antique folding trade card / schedule for 1881, the inaugural year for service by Iron Steamboat to Coney Island. With a purple ink hand-stamp: "1881. IRON BOATS. 1881.". Front cover contains a drawing of Sea Beach Palace, the terminus of the New York and Sea Beach Railroad at Coney Island. Back cover with a colorful scene of Bay Ridge Landing with the steamboat "Idlewild" docked.

The Iron Steamboat Company of New Jersey (1881-1932) provided ferry service between Manhattan and Coney Island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The original fleet consisted of seven iron-hulled, multi-deck, coal-fired sidewheel steamboats, divided into twelve watertight compartments. Each boat was named after a constellation--the Cygnus, the Cepheus, the Cetus, the Pegasus, the Perseus, the Sirius and the Taurus. An early advertisement for the fleet boasted "They Cannot Burn – They Will Not Sink". (Cudahy, Brian J. "How we Got to Coney Island". Fordham University Press. 2002.)

Folded card with 4 sections. Printed by Donaldson Brothers, Five Points, New York.

CREATOR: New York and Sea Beach Railroad

PUBLICATION DATE: 1881

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: United States

BODY OF WATER: Lower New York Bay

CONDITION: Good.  Slightly browned. No folds, holes, or tears.

COLORING: 4-color lithograph.

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SIZE: 5 " x 3 "

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PRICE: $90


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