Re: Retail coal dealers, brand names and railroads
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Mark Heiden" <mark_heiden@h...> wrote:
provided some answers, but also generated question. These articlesMark, I'm going to use Barrie, Ontario circa 1947 as a case study
for your questions. There were six coal dealers at the time. These
are only the brands listed in the yellow pages; there may have been
Allandale Lumber & Fuel Co.--"Old Company's Lehigh" and "Olga
Barrie Fuel & Supply--local supplier of "Blue Coal" (DL&W
Anthracite), also Cavalier stoker coal
Cameron & Ellis--local distributor for "Lehigh Valley Anthracite"
Lewis & Robertson--Cavalier stoker coal
Sarjeant Co.--"Famous Reading Anthracite" and Cavalier stoker coal
J. G. Scott--"Famous Reading Anthracite"
The coal dealers cited above were all independent local businessmen
(as the majority of the yards were). However, they could act as a
local agent (some exclusively, it would appear) for one or more
Cavalier Stoker Coalunknown, off the top of my head
Famous Reading AnthraciteRDG
Lehigh Valley AnthraciteLV
Old Company's LehighL&NE
Don't know; likely a "non-applicable" here in Southern Ontario
The coal companies did their best to foster this with gimmickry
(e.g. dyed coal and disc-like tags inserted into the coal).
distribution (eg - eastern Pennsylvania was mostly Brand A, whileNot evident here in Southern Ontario. Keep in mind that virtually
all our anthracite came from the same small geographical area--
A couple more nuggets for you and anyone interested in anthracite
coal traffic. A case study of the local coal dealers in Hespeler,
Ontario shows that 77 carloads of anthracite were received among
them over the year from July 1949 to June 1950. Of these, 41 loads,
or more than half, were received in the warm weather months from May
to September. While hard coal was still a primary residential
heating fuel, the railroads, coal companies and coal dealers did
their best to move the coal year round, as it would be impossible to
move the anthracite during the heating season alone (there simply
were not enough cars).
Want a good origin for CNJ and/or CNP (Central Railroad of
Pennsylvania--same company) hopper car loads of anthracite?
Enter "Huber Colliery, Ashley, PA" on your waybills.
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