(2) 1930s/40s Mt. Washington Cog Railway Postcard

  • $28.00

(2) postcards measureing 5.5 x 3.5 inches. 

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway (rack-and-pinion railway). The railway is still in operation, climbing Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA. One postcard is unused the other includes 1 cent postage and notes from the sender. Postcard mailing rates were 1 cent from 1928 until 1952 when the cost was increased to 2 cents. Click here for more information on US postage rates on Wikipedia.

The railway was built by Sylvester Marsh (1803-1884) of Campton, who came up with the idea while climbing the mountain in 1857. His plan was treated as insane. Local tradition says the state legislature voted permission based on a consensus that harm resulting from operating it was no issue — since the design was attempting the impossible — but benefits were guaranteed: The $5,000 of his own money he put up, and whatever else he could raise, would be spent largely locally, including building the Fabyan House hotel at nearby Fabyan Station to accommodate the expected tourists. The railway is sometimes called "Railway to the Moon" because one state legislator remarked during the proceedings that Marsh should not only be given a charter up Mount Washington but also to the moon. After developing a prototype locomotive and a short demonstration section of track, he found investors and started construction. Click here to learn more about the Railway on Wikipedia.

Condition: Both postcards are in good condition. One is unused, the other with notes and 1 cent postage on the back. The unused postcard includes light creasing, barely noticeable. (see pics)

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