Friday, July 24, 2009

Cancel for July 24: Merchants Despatch Transportation Company

Merchants Despatch was originally created by the American Express Company (AMEX printed cancels are highlighted on this blog) in the 1850s when AMEX was primarily a freight forwarding company. The company built and controlled a fleet of railroad freight cars. The company was eventually reformed and its ownership was divided between 3 Vanderbilt railroads including the New York Central. MDT would produce thousands of cars and refrigerated cars over its life.

Merchants Despatch Transportation Co. cancel from July 24, 1899. By 1900 MDT already had over 3,550 railroad cars on its roster.

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