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Lobsters and other fish went in EXPRESS REEFERS. And when
lobsters were shipped ALIVE
they could indeed be sent all the way from Maine to California,
even in steam days.
On 7/8/2020 9:28 PM, Todd Sullivan via groups.io wrote:
I rather doubt that fresh lobsters would make it live to the
West Coast by rail, based on years of eating them on Cape Ann
north of Boston where my grandparents had a summer house, and on
average transit times for freight coast to coast. Specialty
paper is more likely. Champion Paper Mills in Lowell or
Lawrence (I forget which) made high grade coated paper for the
National Geographic magazine in the 1950s (I toured their mill
as a high schooler), so I could conceive of such a load being
shipped from MA to the PacNW to a specialty printer. I'm sure
Seattle or Portland had at least one of those.
I'll try to think of other commodities that might work. There
had to be specialty manufactured items made in cities around
Boston, including Lawrence, Lowell, Worcester, Framingham,
Fitchburg and the like that had national distribution.