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Object TypeTrolley Part
H&FRHS Catalog ID22.20.01
Date or Period1917
Company Form TypeC4343
Credit LineSean Guy of Beaver Creek Antique Market
Earliest Known OwnerCarroll James
Dimensions20"w x 16"h x 8"d
Storage LocationOn Loan to Boonsboro Trolley Station Museum
While it is unknown exactly what car this machine was removed from and cannot be verified that it is indeed an H&F fare register, nearly identical machines of the same series were known to be used in the H&F interurban combines.
This mechanism was connected to a trolley-length pole which was rotated to move a shuttle behind the register. Once the appropriate amount was selected on a dial wheel around the pole, a rope was pulled which would lift the shuttle and pull up one of the tabs on the back of the register. This in turn would lift the amount flag visible in the front window of the machine and stamp a piece of paper in the bottom of the machine with a record of that amount being added to the record. Dials on the side also would document trip number and date, and a key inserted into the side of the machine allowing for its function was made to stamp the number of the operator of the car.