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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 newer versions and versions not included in his cataloging.

We are continuously 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. As part of that effort, Andre Kristopans has provided several of these dates as well as lists of plate numbers that were used on transfers. Here is a link (updated 08/04/2015) to the list that cooresponds to the transfers on this page:
CLICK HERE for the 1933-1953 list

Transfers by Type

Part 2 - Clock Face - Chicago Surface Lines (1932-1947)

Style 1 - 10/01/1932

First transfer with a clock face. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (6) Style 1 transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 2 - 01/1933 (Copy)

Larger numbers for the hours and 10 minutes.

Style 3a - 05/1933

Individual routes highlighted in red. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (33) Style 3a transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 3b - Date Unknown

Same as 3a except with black date and serial number. SORRY, NO IMAGE AVAILABLE.

Style 4 - 02/1934 - 06/1934

"AM" and "PM" moved below the clock, numbers simplified, blue date and serial numbers. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (10) Style 4 transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 5a - 07/1934-12/07/1937

Large dot added in center of clock, Lake Calumet added to map. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (55) Style 5a transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 5b - 12/07/1937-05/10/1938

Same as 5a except for black date and serial numbers. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (23) Style 5b transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 6 - 05/10/1938 - 01/1939

"AM" and "PM" removed, Small dot in center of the clock. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (34) Style 6 transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7 - 02/1939-05/1941

Minutes (5s) added to the outside of the clock. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (70) Style 7 transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7a - 06/1941-02/1943

New President's signature on back. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (41) Style 7a transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7-1a - c1937

"Half Fare" removed, Old style clock, "Stamp Here" at top and writing at bottom, blue dates and serial numbers. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (12) Style 7-1a transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7-1b - c1938

Same as 7-1a except for black date and serial numbers. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (5) Style 7-1b transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7-1c - c1939

Same as 7-1b with red date and serial numbers. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (1) Style 7-1c transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7-2a - c1940-05/06/1941

"Half Fare" removed, newer style clock, "Stamp Here" at top and writing at bottom, red date and serial numbers. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (13) Style 7-2a transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7-2b - c1943

Same as 7-2a with a new signature on the back. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (6) Style 7-2b transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7-2c - Date Unknown

Same as 7-2b with a Chairman's signature on the back. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (1) Style 7-2c transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 7-2d - Date Unknown

Same as 7-2c with General Manager's signature on the back. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (1) Style 7-2d transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8a - 02/1943-06/24/1943

"E", "Depot Car" and "Half Fare" removed, smaller "E" and "D" added. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (21) Style 8a transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8b - 06/25/1943

Same as 8a except with the Chairman of the Board signature on the back. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (18) Style 8b transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8c - Date Unknown

Same as 8b except vertical back, Chairman of the Board signature on the back. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (31) Style 8c transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8d - c1944

Same as 8c except General Manager signature on the back. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (42) Style 8d transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8e - c1947

Blue date and serial numbers. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (67) Style 8e transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8-1a - Date Unknown

Writing at bottom, "Stamp Here" at top, 1/2 circle eliminated, blue date and serial number. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (34) Style 8-1a transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8-1b - Date Unknown

Same as 8-1a with red date and serial number. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (5) Style 8-1b transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 8-1c - Date Unknown

Same as 8-1a except 4th paragraph on back states "established joint fare" replacing "10c fare", paragraph also longer (7 lines). CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (4) Style 8-1c transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 9 - 09/22/1935-09/30/1947

Blue paper, to transfer from CSL to Rapid Transit. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (53) Style 9 transfers in the Museum's collection

Style 10 - 09/22/1935-09/30/1947

Pink paper, to transfer from CSL to CMC. CLICK HERE for hi-res images of all (48) Style 10 transfers in the Museum's collection

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