Someone is selling a souvenir of the 1896 Atlantic City rail crash ebay. I can't believe that some made these in 1896 after the horrible tragedy. I lost family in that crash!
This lot consists of a souvenir of the fatal 1896 Atlantic City rail crash. It is a straightedge made from part of one of the wrecked engines. Hand painted on one side is “From Engine 1019 Wrecked at Atlantic City Meadow – July 30. 1896. The reverse side has the number “1019” embossed and painted dark gold. There are no numbers or measuring markings on this straightedge.
Made of walnut, measures approx. 1 ¾” wide x 24” long x 3/16” thick at the widest point, beveled long edges; ends are chip-carved. In good clean complete condition with some aging, handling, wear. Painted words are clear and readable with some aging and wear.