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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Transit Hub: 1906

Transit Hub: 1906

Circa 1906. "Atlantic City, N.J., hotel busses at P.R. depot." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Yesterday's hotel buses and todays...

It makes perfect sense, but I had no idea that hotel buses were a concept that went back this far. When I think of today's transportation hubs (airports mainly) and the hotel buses and vans, I remember the many late nights when I have waited endlessly on windswept traffic islands for the next "express bus" to appear from my chosen hotel.

It appears in years past, hotel buses actually waited for clients and not the reverse. How quaint!

Layoffs are coming

Note the horseless carriage!

Horsepower

Horse, horse, horse, horse, horse, horse, horse, horse, and wait a minute. That's one of those newfangled horseless carriages. Wonder which hotel sent THAT.

Where's your horse?

Who is going to ride in that bus with no horse? It's one of those new auto-mobiles. They won't last.

Now We Know

Where the term "station wagon" came from.

Such aristocratic horses!

Most of them must be hitched to buses from the finest hotels. They are obviously appalled by the knock-kneed nag at right pulling a bus not permitted in the high-class lineup, and that appears to be the only one gauche enough to have "soiled" the premises.

A Domed Affinity

The wonderful domed structure is the Guarantee Trust Building. This vantage point is looking east (the ocean in Atlantic City is to the south of the island). A Shorpy view of the same building, from the east looking west.

I have an affinity to the building as it is where I began work as an attorney in Atlantic City way back in 1983. My window was the second to the left of the plume of steam on the first visible floor. The building still stands sans the clock, the dome or the plume of steam.

 
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