This week’s Throwback Thursday started with a very unexciting photo of Conshohocken’s train station in 1934. The station had been the scene of a robbery that saw two masked men get away with $17,000 (almost $340,000 in today’s money). The money was stolen from a messenger that was transporting the money from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank to the First National Bank of Conshohocken.
From the June 1, 1934 edition of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin:
Two armed and masked robbers held up J. Roy Stewart (right, insert), a mail messenger and William Vinning, (left, insert) a station taxicab driver at the Reading Railway station at Conshohocken today and escaped with two sacks of mail thrown to a platform truck from the Philadelphia Train. One of the sacks contained $17,000 payroll sent from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank to the First National Bank of Conshohocken.
As we said, the photo isn’t very exciting so we weren’t going to use it for a Throwback Thursday, however today we searched “Conshohocken” on eBay.com and found the wanted poster for the two brothers accused of the crime.
The accused were George and Stanley Marsh and based on another news report following the robbery, the brothers were able to avoid arrest (at least for several months after the heist). Federal investigators eventually blamed police in Philadelphia for tipping them off. We could not find whether they were eventually arrested and convicted.
Train Station Photo: Courtesy of the Special Collections Research Center. Temple University Libraries. Philadelphia, PA. You can view the collection here.
Wanted Poster: eBay.com