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A. Emmett Bly, "Toll Gate System for the U.S.A." plan

 Collection — Folder: S2471
Identifier: S2471

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten copy of "Toll Gate System for the U.S.A.," a plan copyrighted May 10, 1937 by A. Emmett Bly of Plainfield, Indiana. Bly believed his plan would create employment for thousands of workers and eliminate real estate taxes, stop theft and crime, cut down on speeding, decrease automobile accidents, and pay off the national debt in 10 years.


  • 1937/05/10


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Arta Emmett Bly was born November 24, 1879 in Hendricks County, Indiana to Joseph and Lydia (Morgan) Bly. He married Juanita Lowry on June 25, 1905 and they had two children. Bly owned Bly Brothers Dry Goods Store from 1895 to 1925 and was also a real estate broker. A lifelong resident of Hendricks County, he died at his homide in Plainfield on December 19, 1968.

Sources: "A. Emmett Bly." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed October 18, 2022. "Arta Emmett Bly." Oklahoma, U.S., County Marriage Records, 1890-1995. Accessed October 18, 2022.

"Plainfield." Indianapolis News (IN), December 20, 1968.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation in 1943/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/10/19 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/10/19 by Laura Eliason.
A. Emmett Bly, "Toll Gate System for the U.S.A." plan
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.