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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, 1930s

Bus Stop: 1943

Bus Stop: 1943

September 1943. "A Greyhound bus that has been stopped at a filling station to get water between Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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A smoking gun

Couldn't help notice he's pouring gas into a bus while smoking a cigarette. Hmmmmm. A disaster just waiting to happen.

[Hmmm. Did you READ THE CAPTION? That's water, not gas. (And what bus company or filling station would ever use a garden watering can for fueling?) - Dave]

AS I SAID earlier, yes, I missed the word 'water'. Reading it again, I thought it was gas. My mistake.

A Raymond Loewy beauty

The bus in question is "Yellow Coach" model 743 or 719 (not enough of the photo to tell which). This bus was a real ground-breaker in terms of design.

The Yellow 719 "Super Coach" was the first truly modern interstate bus. Designed by Ray Loewy, this bus was a totally new concept in that it was the first to have a raised passenger deck with a large luggage space underneath between the axles. All modern interstate buses still have that same design. The 719 (gasoline-powered) was made from 1936 and the similar 743 (diesel powered, with air conditioning) came along in 1937. Yellow made both models until around 1939.

A restored Yellow 743 coach may be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/busdudedotcom/15800920762/

 
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