Railroad Caboose Stamp

Railroad Caboose Stamp Maximum Cards

Stock #: 430004
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: The Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1984 Feb-3
PM City: Rosemont
PM State: IL
Stamp: 1c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

Additional Details:
At the end of an arduous day of logging, a small team of lumbermen make their way to the back of a lengthy row of railroad cars that are heavily laden with freshly-cut timber. Finally reaching the end of the train, the tired men come to a wooden, box-shaped railroad car ... the caboose. Here they stow their equipment, rest from their long day's labor, cook their meals, and ride as the locomotive pulls the heavy load to the sawmill. Such was the use of some of the very early railroad cabooses... the first of which came into being in the 1840s on the famed New York Railway. It was a primitive, wooden box built on a flatbed railroad car, used primarily as a shelter for the railroad crew. Ever since the initial appearance of this first early model, the caboose has become a regular sight along the railways of America and of the world. To honor the advent of the railroad caboose in America, the United States Postal Service issued the stamp that is featured on the front of this Maximum Card