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die stamp
Date Made/Found: 1935
Dimensions: Overall: 37 × 62 × 8mm (1 7/16 × 2 7/16 × 5/16in.)
Department: Social History
Accession Number: 1974.1g
This die stamp was used to make tram tokens worth 1/2d (a half penny) for use on Sheffield's first tram system. Tokens like these were used as free passes, or in exchange for a discount on the tram network. Trams were first used in Sheffield in 1873 when a horse-drawn tram line opened between Lady’s Bridge and Attercliffe. In 1896 Sheffield Corporation took over the running of the tram network, and between 1899 and 1902 all of the tram lines were electrified. This created cheap transport for Sheffield’s workers, and allowed families to live further away from their places of work. In the 1950s the decision was taken to move away from trams and concentrate on motor buses, and on the 8th of October 1960 the last trams ran. It would be 34 years before the new reincarnation, Supertram, was unveiled.
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