Railway Mail Service Superintendent Owney tag

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Date
April 27, 1892
Object number
0.052985.148
Description
Owney’s best friends among postal employees were the railway mail clerks who rode with him on trains. While in Boston, Massachusetts, Owney often spent time visiting not only the general city post office, but also the Railway Mail Service offices. At the time of this visit, the Division Superintendent of the RMS for Boston was Edward J. Ryan, who had started his career as a railway mail service clerk in 1868, riding the Boston and Albany Railway Post Office for $1,400 a year. The pride of the Railway Mail Service workers is evident in their boast of being “First in Everything” on this tag.
Honoree
Owney, American, c. 1888 - 1897
Popular Culture
Place
Massachusetts
Medium
metal
Dimensions
Diameter: 1 3/4 in. (4.45 cm)
Data Source
National Postal Museum
Type
Seals, Symbols & Signage