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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Westward ...

Westward    ...

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee. This girl commutes daily to Memphis, where she goes to school." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

More Like 12 Hours!

In my 1938 Southeastern Greyhound Lines timetable, there were four daily departures Louisville to Memphis via Nashville and two additional via Henderson, Ky. The fastest left Louisville at 11 a.m. and arrived in Memphis (via Nashville) at 11:45 p.m. I doubt that travel times were much faster in 1943 although there were probably more departures due to wartime demand.

Five Hours, One Way

That's either one very dedicated student or a mistake by Esther.

Today's Interstate travel time is 5 hrs. one way according to Google. Surely not less than 8 hrs. back then over lesser roadways.

But I suppose 8 hrs. to study heading down, 8 hrs. in the classroom and 8 hrs. sleeping coming back is possible.

[The girl's commute would be from one of the many stops between Louisville and Memphis. - Dave]

 
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