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McTague Donation Handlan Buck Mfg Co

Signal Lamp McTague Photo Donation

Handlan workers were captured assembling signal lamps in 1902 in the attached photo.  Their employer, St. Louis’ Handlan-Buck Manufacturing Company, was founded in 1856.  For over 120 years, Handlan-Buck one of the nation’s leading suppliers of railroad lamps and lanterns.  Handlan family member, Thomas McTague, recently donated digital copies of treasured photos from the company. The generosity of the public provides many of the artifacts used by the museum to create and continually enhance its many exhibits. If you would like to discuss donating an item(s) to the museum, please contact the Curator at (314) 821-1190, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or by email at

Donation Maxton 4 Big Yards E St Louis 1906

Railroad Yards Photos Maxton Donation

Receiving an unexpected gift in the mail is exciting!  We give hearty thanks to Jon and Lisa Maxton for donating photographs from the early 1900s of workers in the East St. Louis railroad yards to the Museum’s Archives.  The Museum of Transportation's photograph collections contain a large number of images from local and national railroads.  If you are interested in using the Archives contact the Curator at (314) 821-1190 to schedule an appointment. The generosity of the public provides many of the artifacts used by the museum to create and continually enhance its many exhibits. If you would like to discuss donating an item(s) to the museum, please contact the Curator at (314) 821-1190, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or by email at

Recent Donation Corbett

James Corbett’s Estate Donation

The Museum’s Library and Archives was given a tremendous collection of transportation books and ephemera from the Estate of James Corbett.  Jim Corbett loved traveling the world with his wife.  He amassed an impressive array of maps, timetables, and brochures from a number of airlines, cruise lines, and railroads.  The Museum’s Library and Archives is a great resource to research your transportation related questions!  To make an appointment to use the collections contact the Curator at (314) 821-1190. The generosity of the public provides many of the artifacts used by the museum to create and continually enhance its many exhibits. If you would like to discuss donating an item(s) to the museum, please contact the Curator at (314) 821-1190, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or by email at

Mai Donation Ellis KS_1950[1930]

Boss Lithograph Donation

The Museum of Transportation received a recent a donation of a framed, limited edition color lithograph entitled, “Ellis, Kansas - 1950.”  This gift from the Estate of Ernest H. Mai, is by artist, Michael K. Boss.  The lithograph was created from his original caesin painting that he describes as a depiction of Union Pacific steam and the Ellis, Kansas, railroad yard in their glory days. More of Boss’ work can be seen on his website http://www.michaelboss.com. The generosity of the public provides many of the artifacts used by the museum to create and continually enhance its many exhibits. If you would like to discuss donating an item(s) to the museum, please contact the Curator at (314) 821-1190, Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or by email at