Pictured above are several employees of the American Railway Express Company in 1927 near the New York Central Railroad Depot. At that time, there were two offices of the company in Sandusky, one on East Water Street, and one at the New York Central Railroad’s passenger depot, located on the south side of North Depot Street, between Hayes Avenue and Camp Street. The only individual who has been identified is Chester Piper, who is the fourth individual from the right. In the picture below, you can see the railroad depot in the background.
The American Railway Express Agency was created in 1917, when the U.S. government consolidated several of the country’s already existing express companies. The United States Railroads purchased the American Express Agency in 1929, and its name was changed to Railway Express Agency. Later known as REA Express, the company ceased operations in the mid-1970s.