In 1882, the New Orleans & Carrollton RR negotiated a revised franchise with the City of New Orleans. As part of the new franchise, the City dictated a new fare structure, which was basically a 5¢ fare between Canal Street and Napoleon Avenue, and an additional 5¢ between Napoleon and Carrollton, between the hours of 4 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. Fares doubled to 10¢ between 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Passengers had to change cars at Napoleon. The franchise gave passengers who lived above (i.e., upriver of) Napoleon Avenue the right to change cars in either direction without paying a second 5¢. To take advantage of that right, residents had to buy tickets, which were sold in “bunches” (strips) of 10 pairs of red and blue tickets. The passenger would detach a red ticket when boarding the first car, without detaching the corresponding blue ticket, and deposit the red one in the fare box in place of cash. A fare collector was stationed at Napoleon who would detach and take up the blue ticket from the strip when the passenger changed cars. The blue ticket was void if it was already detached when presented to the collector, to eliminate its use by anyone other than the owner of the “bunch” of tickets. (My thanks to Morris Hill, who provided the results of his research into this fare structure.)
Here are both sides of a strip of tickets which appear to have been intended for this service, although they are not red and blue. The original colors seem to have greatly faded over the years, but there is still a slight color difference between the two sides of the ticket strip, and there is a narrow band of darker color where the original red and blue appear to have overlapped.
The reason the perforations cut through ticket 6 is not known. A full strip of tickets should have included ten pairs of tickets. One side of the individual tickets shows a horsecar similar to, but different from, the car seen on the ticket in Picture 21A-3. The other side provides a look at the same type of horsecar being pulled by a steam engine, or possibly a Lamm engine, along St. Charles Ave.
The obverse of the ticket with the mule-drawn car is inscribed “T. Fitzwilliam & Co. N.O.” — Collection of Louis Hennick
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