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B. of L. E. dates back to 1863, when the first meeting was conducted. It is said that, at the time, 95 percent of locomotive engineers in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Panama were members of this union. By 1887, the unions were granted special insurance coverage that would pay out full policy coverage to deceased members' families, as well as cover the loss of a limb and/or eyesight of a member. During the time of this print, more than $21 million dollars had been paid out to members or their families. Additionally, at each of the B. of L. E. conventions, $35-$40 thousand dollars were disbursed among widows, orphans and others in need.
This 100+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. No creases. No natural defects. No tears. No water damage. Please note there is print on the reverse. There is a light blemish on the left side of this print; there is some bleed through visible in this same spot.
Keywords specific to this image: Grand National Division of the Brotherhood of the Footboard, Trains, Engineering, Architecture