1894 found the United States in a deepdepression. The infamous Pullman Strike crippled rail service west of Detroit all the way to the California coast, isolating San Francisco. No trains meant among other things, no mail.
In response, a bicycle mail route was organized totaling 210 miles, divided into 8 relays, and occupying 18 hours. The route offered to carry a letter via bicycle from one end to the other for $0.25. This patch is a replica of the original stamp present on each letter carried. We retained the misspelling of San "Fransisco" for authenticity.
Embroidered patch 4.25" x 2.75"
Greeting card with original map (front), historical summary (back), & envelope
Blank inside for your message
Patch is iron on (though a few stitches will add durability)
For the full story: 250,000 strikers, the U.S. Army, and a few riders covering 210 miles, click here.