Lot 233

Price Realized:  $11
Western Union ephemera; Neat piece of Western Union history!
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Lot 233: Western Union ephemera  Description: Cardstock card measuring 3 1/4" x 2", slightly shorter than today's business card. Written on the top is "THE WESTERN UNION TELEGRAPH COMPANY". In smaller letters in the middle is "GEO. E. LAWTON, ASST. MANAGER". The back has very small printing and has some interesting facts. "Over one million miles of wire in the US and Canada", "Seven Atlantic Cables", "over 25,000 Telegraph Offices, including Branch Offices". There is a reference in the February 16, 1917 issue of the TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE AGE on page 89 that says "Old Farmer" Lawton Heard From Again. Mr. George E. Lawton, better known as "Old Farmer" Lawton who, after forty years of active service for the Western Union Telegraph Company at Denver, Col., retired two years ago, since which time he has lived on his farm at Plymouth, Ill." So that would place his date as manager from 1875-1915. Thus that dates this card to be within that period as well. It seems likely that this could be his business card. Very unique ephemera!
Estimate: $25 - $100  Open: $10
Price Realized:  $11

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