In 1691, on February 17, Thomas Neale was given the concession to oversee the delivery of mail in the British Colonies. The patent was issued by the joint sovereigns of England, William and Mary. This effectively made him what would now be called the Postmaster General. His Chief Offices were located in New York City. He would continue to have the Patent until 1710 when the British Postal system was extended to the colonies.
On this day, February 16th, in 1909 the first subway car appeared with side doors in the middle of the car. The NY Times said on February 17, 1909, of this new innovation, "Subway Side Doors a Partial Success; First Test Shows Time and Crowding Saved, but Subway Officials Don’t Like Them; Can’t See to Close Doors; Possibility of Many Accident Suits If the Guards Are Not Careful — Some Clashes Over New Device"
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