Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Party Wagon

The "Nemasket" party wagon was a vehicle available for rent from William F. Keyes of Middleborough. In the days before 1899 (when trolleys arrived in Middleborough and Lakeville thereby making outings to local sites and events a possibility), conveyances like the party wagon could be hired to take groups to functions such as church picnics, dances, socials or seaside trips. Later, Carlton W. Maxim would operate a motorized version from his Middleboro Auto Exchange on Wareham Street. Keyes, himself, seems not to have operated his party wagon service for long. He is best known for having operated a floral business with his brother Samuel on Center Street opposite the Central Cemetery.

Nemasket Party Wagon advertising card, late 19th century, paper.


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