All items shown are authentic and most items are part of Brother Thomas Felice’s Private Collection except a couple listed as "IBT Archives"
Teamsters declared by proclamation at the 1916 Convention that the horse would always be the heart of the union and always remain a part of any badge, button, logo or flag
Tobin saw that technology was radically changing the freight-moving industry. Recognizing the trend and to motorization as more than a passing fad, he set out to organize the fast growing motorized truck delivery industry. He began by organizing motor truck drivers and prevailed on horse and wagon companies to train their drivers in automotive skills. In 1912, Teamsters were part of the first transcontinental delivery of goods by motor truck. The wave of the future was obvious to even the most die-hard traditionalists, and Teamsters had secured themselves a place as leaders of the transition.
For several years, trucks and horses worked some of the same jobs: Teamsters at the reins and at the wheel. Desperate to compete with the new motor carriers, horse-drawn freight firms tried to save money by eliminating feedings for Teamsters horses. Teamsters responded by striking, winning important safeguards for their animals’ well being. As further proof of their devotion to their loyal partners, even amid the many changes, Teamsters declared by proclamation at the 1916 Convention that the horse would always be the heart of the union and always remain a part of any badge, button, logo or flag.
Extremely Rare Team Drivers International Union Ribbon Pin
Recently added formally a part of the Don T Patch Collection
3" round brass badge for horse tack-Team Drivers International Union (Extremely rare)
Milk Wagon Drivers T.N.U.of A.
Laundry Drivers Union T.N.U.of A
Rare 15 cent Per Capita Stamp 1905 - United Teamsters of America
This is perhaps one of the earliest ribbons associated with the Teamsters. Teamsters Union No. 1. Incorporated in 1886 and prior to the Team Drivers International Union and the Teamsters National Union.
Front: Very Early Teamsters Union harness badge from Teamsters Local 1. Would have been placed on horses harness to show union affiliation
Back: Very Early Teamsters Union harness badge from Teamsters Local 1. Would have been placed on horses harness to show union affiliation
Teamsters Exchange early 1900's
Horse Shoe from Charles Christian Oberlin’s horse that pulled a Milk Wagon. Charles was a Milk Wagon Driver in Union City, NJ
RARE GLASS ADVERTISING PAPERWEIGHT CHAUTAUQUA LAKE ICE & WATER CO. HORSE WAGON LATE 1800’s
CIRCA 1860's CIVIL WAR ERA CDV ~ GROUP OF FOUR IDENTIFIED TEAMSTERS
"I'll beThere With Bells On"
The settlement of US immigrants in Pennsylvania and other states. Their preferred means of transport were large, sturdy wooden carts, called Conestoga wagons. These were drawn by teams of horses or mules whose collars were fitted with headdresses of bells. George Stumway, in Conestoga Wagon 1750-1850, states that the Waggoner’s personalized the bells to tunings of their liking and took great pride in them. If a wagon became stuck, a teamster who came to the rescue often asked for a set of bells as reward. Arriving at a destination without one's bells hurt a driver's professional pride, whereas getting there 'with bells on' was a source of satisfaction.
Original Railroad Freight Wagon Driver~Drayman Hat Badge
"The Pennsylvania Commercial Drivers' Conference" 1941 consisting of 55 Local Unions in PA affiliated with the IBT - click image to enlarge
Teamster Magazine 1953
First girl wagon driver [Amy Elizabeth Hatfield] for Supplee Wills Jones Milk Company (press photo).
Authentic Bottle from Philadelphia PA Supplee Wills Jones Milk Co same bottles that are in Amy Elizabeth Hatfield’s milk carrier
Original press photo of Freezing Sealtest Milk Wagon Driver & Horse Toledo Ohio.
Late 1800's Wagon Wheel Hub from a Teamster's wagon
Robert N. Richards born 1882 died 1959. He was one of the Texas Teamsters in late 1800s and early 1900s. He delivered grains and such from west Texas to Dallas. This is the wheel hub from his original Teamster’s wagon.
Two extremely rare Teamster Ribbon Badges early 1900’s click on ribbon to see larger image
IBT's EARLIEST INK STAMP and
EXTREMELY EARLY ICE WAGON INK STAMP
2 Horse Wagon licenses used by early Teamsters
CIRCA 1900 WHITEHEAD & HOAG CELLULOID TEAMSTER CARD HOLDER - HORSE AT YOUR SERVICE
1966 Melrose Park Illinois Teamsters Checking for Gypsy Truckers Wire Photo
Freight Rate Common charge: "A penny a pound a mile"