The collection includes correspondence with many members of the retail and railroad industries, including John Barrigar, president
of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, and James Farley, Chairman of Coca-Cola. The correspondence is primarily incoming and
relates largely to Mr. Bone's retirement. Items relating to Mr. Bone's professional activities include memos, letterhead,
telephone directories, and press releases from New York Central Railroad, business cards, notebooks, photographs, and materials
from meetings, such as name tags, presentations, and handwritten notes. Personal items in the collection include letterhead,
and biographical information. Financial information includes materials relating to retirement, estate planning, Social Security,
and state taxes. Also included are clippings and periodicals.
Sidney Bone (born Aug. 27, 1901 - ) became involved in the railroad industry in 1917 as a telegrapher for the Atchison, Topeka
& Santa Fe Railway, moving to the New York Central in 1929. As the Passenger Sales Manager of the New York Central Railroad
for 25 years, he invented the family fare plan and several other railroad passenger travel innovations. He served as president
of the American Association of Passenger Traffic Officers, and was a member of the Chicago Traffic Club, the Chicago Chapter
of SKAL Clubs of North America, and the Chicago Passenger Club. Mr. Bone retired in 1966.
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