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Omnibus Stop: 1913

Omnibus Stop: 1913

July 10, 1913, New York. "Fifth Avenue Omnibus." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Click here for a closeup of the bus on the right. Radiator nameplate reads "De Dion Bouton."

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De Dion Bouton

Both Fifth Avenue Coach Company buses were built by De Dion Bouton, a French manufacturer. The double decker, No.67, was one of 67 with 34-seat bodies by J G Brill of Philadelphia supplied between 1907 and 1910. The 23-seat single-decker, No. 201, of 1912, had a Paris-style open rear platform and was converted to a double-decker in 1914.

Starter mechanism

Note the crank handle below the radiator. Did these beasts really start in 10 degree weather? The non-pneumatic tires against the cobblestone were handy at keeping one awake if the air horn didn't do it. All the modern conveniences too - lights, fire extinguisher, well appointed interior and ambient air conditioning.

De Dion-Bouton

Stanford White's Arch

It sure was designed by him:

The arch would have been about 21 years old at the time of this photograph.

The Arch

I seem to forget, was the archway situated on the right hand side in Washington Square Park, designed by Stanford White?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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