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Kalamazoo and Suburban Express Company Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3696

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of a sign from the Kalamazoo and Suburban Express Company. The sign simply says “Kalamazoo and Suburban Express Co.” in black on both sides. This sign likely dates to the latter portion of the 19th century. The sign was created approximately between 1880-1900.


  • Creation: Actual date of sign is unclear but the estimated date is between the years 1880-1900.


Biographical / Historical

The Kalamazoo and Suburban Express Co. appears to have been a delivery service in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Information about this specific company is scarce, however express companies and individual expressmen were very common in the late 19th century. According to the Kalamazoo directories the expressmen typically rested along one street, at one point Rose street. The Kalamazoo Gazette references the Kalamazoo Suburban Express Co. in only one article; this was about a case involving an expressman who was parked where the ordinance said he could not park. All of the expressmen were using the case to fight the ordinance forcing them to station themselves on Rose street when some expressmen were allowed to station themselves somewhere else. The Kalamazoo Suburban Express Company's role is unclear.


1 Sheets ; 9" x 10"

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to one folder. Contained in this folder is one sign. The collection occupies approximately 0.05 cubic feet. The sign is 9” x 10”.

The condition of the sign is fair. The paint has faded and one side of the sign has broken off. The sign is made up of pressed cardboard.


The collection was acquired through the Starring Endowment.

Kalamazoo and Suburban Express Company Collection Finding Aid
Dylan Tilbury
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490