Read the Small Print
Empire Transportation Co.'s Fast Freight Line. Philadelphia, 1875.
On this bill of lading a manufacturer in New Jersey wishes to send forty-five trunks to a vendor in Pennsylvania. He contracts with a transportation company to handle the shipment, but, according to the fine print, must first release said carrier from any liability for loss or breakage. Like today, the customer also must also declare that he is not shipping “Nitro-Glycerin, Gunpowder, Fireworks, Friction Matches, etc.”