Saturday was a great mail day, mainly because I received this package from England:
If you said, "WOWIE WOW WOW WOW", then you think like I do. :D This incredible lot of tickets came from my friend Robert Forsythe, whom I met on Facebook via The Ephemera Society.
Robert has two degrees in Theology, but he also has post-graduate qualifications in industrial archaeology and adult education. I think Robert's passion of railway history stems from the industrial archaeology side of life - he also had a huge publicity collection regarding railways, which is now housed in the National Railway Museum-York. I wonder if anything in my ephemera collection will ever be in a museum? Probably not. :D
One day I was commenting on one of Robert's many Facebook pages about these wonderful tickets, and he asked me if I'd like to have a sample pack of an auction he is currently holding at specialistauctions.com. WOULD I?! This collection is truly amazing!
There are so many different types of tickets represented, it took me quite a while to go through them all. There are tiny tickets:
TONS of credit card-sized tickets:
And a very healthy lot of large boarding pass-sized tickets.
All fantastic, don't you think?
One of the things that struck me as I was going through this monstrously-sized pile was how different the UK and the US view railway transportation. In the UK (and indeed, a good chunk of Europe) traveling by rail is easy, affordable, and very clean and comfortable. What do you think of when you think of trains in the US? Cargo freight? Train robberies? The Golden Age of Travel, which has long since passed us by? Amtrak? Most of us here don't think of trains as a way to get from Point A to Point B, which is terribly sad. Just think how our metro areas could benefit from train travel or even light rail.
Okay, I digress. :) We all have our reasons for collecting the ephemera we collect, and I'm sure the reason Robert collects these tickets (his passion for the railway) is different than mine (OOH! Fun numbers and colors! And the "Underground" logo!). The tininess factor can't be ignored, either.
I'd like to publicly thank Robert for sending these to me and for allowing me to blog about this HUGE stack of tickets! I can personally vouch for the winner of this auction - you are getting your money's worth! Go check it out! :D