The original memo was of only modest quality, so I have reproduced it in a typescript (mimicking the courier typewriter type of the copy that came to me).
I’ve mentioned earlier the frugality of the O&W, and this memo bears out the detail and lengths to which the O&W “bean counters” went about in their efforts looking to save pennies……..wherever……. & W.” a proposed savings also implied the elimination of gold leaf in favor of yellow paint only.
A well known builder’s photograph of open platform combine No 302, taken outside the Jackson & Sharp plant in Wilmington, Delaware clearly shows the earliest style and arrangement of O&W passenger car lettering.
Now, with a few uncovered additional bits of information I will try to add some further sense to the railroad’s practices or, at the very least, add further to discussion or controversy, as the reader might wish.A couple of years ago Bethlehem Car Works produced a resin cast kit for a Boston & Maine wood baggage car.While resembling the O&W wooden Baggage (AAR Classification “BE”) cars, the distance between the door sets was longer than on the O&W cars built both by AC&F and by the O&W in the Middletown car shops.I poured through numerous books of type fonts to no avail.A local commercial decal producer, SMP Industries, could provide no help either.Specifically, the Champ sets did not include any of the Parlor Car names, that stylized lettering for the head end cars; – “United States Mail Railway Post Office” for the OB RPO cars No.s 170-171-172, nor did those sets include the lettering for the OB Baggage cars No.s 525-526-527; – “Railway Express Agency” so that was the primary mission for me to create my own decal sets.