Can anyone date the usage of these and provide further insight?
Affixed to a rider’s luggage in the old days. The express agent would put it on the bags with a leather strap. Upon receipt of your bag(s) at your destination, the express agent would remove the tag for reuse for another customer on another train. American Railway Supply Co., was in business from 1891 to the 1920s. Info: Brendan Manley For example:
Penn Station to Easthampton baggage tag #45545 Archive: Carol Mills