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United Electric Car Company photographs

Ten black and white photographs taken of electric trams manufactured by the United Electric Car Company, circa 1915-1920


  • 1915-1920

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Collection is open for research. Materials stored onsite. Please contact for more information.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

The United Electric Car Company photographs consist of ten black and white albumen pictures of trams manufactured by the United Electric Car Company of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom. The bulk of the images are of tram cars produced for English cities, but there are also photographs of trams in cities in Uruguay, Philippines, Argentina, and Australia. All photographs are embossed with "E. Hoole Photo, Preston" in the lower right or left hand corner. Some photographs are stamped in red on the verso with "The United Electric Car Company, LTD. Preston".

Historical Note:

The United Electric Car Company was a tram car manufacturer based in Preston, Lancashire, England at the turn of the twentieth century. The company manufactured and supplied street cars or trolleys to urban transportation companies around the world including in cities in Argentina, Australia, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom. The company was purchased by a Glasgow, Scotland based locomotive and tram car manufacturer Dick, Kerr & Co. in 1917 and one year later in 1918 merged with the English Electric Company. Electric tramways became popular at the end of the 19th century as a way to transport passengers quickly and efficiently through urban areas as the tram cars were smaller than conventional trains.


Purchase 2003.

Processing Information

Processed: April 2011

By: Benjamin Johnson
Link to catalog
United Electric Car Company Photographs, circa 1915-1920: A Finding Aid
Baker Library

Repository Details

Part of the Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University Repository

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