Re: old green streetcars, punchcards, tokens

07/10/07 - posted by Will

Syntax is everything. In my last post when I said:

"When I was in high school in the late '50's we had a guy who forged car tickets and after they were crumpled up, you couldn't tell the difference.

I bought them from Len, the blind vendor at Forest Hill Station."

I didn't intend to say that Len sold forged car tickets. He sold the real thing.

I also vaguely recall streetcar tokens and some red or grey ones that might have been used during WW II.

I also recall transfers that were much more complex than they are today. They were printed separately for each line and punched so that you could transfer as long as the second car you took made something of a right angle to the initial car.You couldn't, for instance, take an inbound tunnel car to Duboce and Market (Prior to the Metro), a then take an outbound N car.

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