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The numbering system was devised by the late Don Liberko, who worked extensively on cataloging the different styles. It has been enhanced to include new versions.

We are currently working with transfer experts to verify/correct/populate transfer style dates. Currently they are our best estimates. Once solid dates are established (and new styles discovered), the style numbers may change to reflect the correct chronology.

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Style 11-1a - c1948

Rules at bottom in all caps, red date and serial number.

  • Archer (Express)
  • Armitage (Chicago)
  • Ashland (Ashland-Downtown)
  • Austin (Riverdale) (Laramie) (Yates-95th)
  • Belmont (Grand)

  • Belmont R2 (Grand)
  • Blue Island (Ogden)
  • Broadway-State (Clark-Wentworth)
  • California, North (California, South)
  • Cicero (Narragansett)

  • Clybourn (Higgins)
  • Cottage Grove (Southport)
  • Division (Van Buren)
  • Division-Van Buren
  • Foster-Northwest Hwy (Montrose)

  • Fullerton (43rd-Root)
  • Halsted (Halsted-Downtown) (Vincennes-111th)
  • Indiana (Damen, South) (Wallace-Racine)
  • Irving Park (Lawrence)
  • Kedzie (Kimball)

  • Kedzie-Homan (Harlem)
  • Lake-State (North)
  • Lincoln-Downtown (Lincoln-Wells)
  • Lincoln-Downtown (Wells) (Indiana)
  • Lincoln-Indiana

  • Madison (Fifth) (Harrison) (Adams)
  • Milwaukee (Armitage) (Elston)
  • Milwaukee (Armitage) (Elston)
  • Milwaukee (Elston)
  • Morgan-Racine (Damen, North)

  • Morgan-Racine (Damen, North) R2
  • Pulaski (Central)
  • Roosevelt (Cermak) (Douglas Park)
  • Roosevelt R2 (Cermak) (Douglas Park)
  • South Chicago-Ewing (South Chicago Express)

  • South Deering (Windsor Park)
  • Stony Island (Canal-Wacker)
  • Taylor-Sheffield (Howard)
  • Taylor-Sheffield (Howard) (Roscoe)
  • Touhy (Peterson) (Diversey)

  • Wallace-Racine (Damen, South)
  • Western
  • 14th (16th-18th) (Pershing)
  • 47th (35th)
  • 51st-55th (26th) (31st, East) (31st, West)

  • 59th-61st (67th-69th)
  • 63rd
  • 79th (111th, East)
  • 79th (111th, East) (111th, West)
  • 87th (103rd-106th)

  • 93rd-95th (74th-75th)
  • 103rd-106th (87th)
  • 119th-Vincennes (71st) (115th) (83rd)
  • Soldier Field

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