USPS Handcar Stamp

In 1983 the United States Postal Service commissioned a handcar stamp to commemorate the device.

In reality employees were prohibited from riding a handcar with their backs towards the direction of travel as it was quite dangerous. On July 4, 1887 Hiram Agen who was not employed by the railroad rode backwards on a handcar near Allegan, Michigan. He lost his balance and fell off the front of the car. The handcar rolled over his head, killing him.

The Copyright on these images have expired and I deam them to be in the public domain, Mason Clark