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Short Commute: 1943

Short Commute: 1943

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Little boy riding on a streetcar." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Paging Roy Chalk

Suggested art for your next "It's Fun to Trolley!" campaign. (Okay, his ownership of DC Transit was 13 years in the future, but O. Roy Chalk had a flair for humanizing his economic predations, and would have appreciated this shot).

Familiar

Based on design and construction, I'm guessing it was a PCC car... same as I'd ridden on Newark, NJ's "City Subway" line well into the 90's. Apparently, some of those went to San Francisco's Market St. Railway when the Newark line became a modern light rail system, complete with articulated cars and honor-system ticketing.

Hey you!

The lad looks like he's having a bad day.

No longer true

When most travel adventures promised that "getting there is half the fun."

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