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ColumBus: 1943

ColumBus: 1943

September 1943. "Washington Court House, Ohio. Passenger boarding Greyhound bus." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Break out the Bubley

I've liked Esther Bubley's series of photos of bus travel in 1943 America all along, but now our paths actually seem to be crossing, if a few decades apart. Her photo of the Columbus, Ohio, Greyhound terminal reminded me of busing in and out of that same station for my draft physical exactly 25 years later. Now she's visited my own home town, Washington C.H., three years before I arrived there via intercity stork. In my youth, WCH still had two downtown hotels, the Hotel Washington, as shown, and the Cherry Hotel, which Esther Bubley must have been standing before when she snapped this photo. Unfortunately both structures are long gone now.

It Happened One Night

See this Yellow Coach in the Oscar winning 1934 film It Happened One Night with Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Ward Bond.

The Mack Bus

Possibly 1931, a challenge for the same makers as the Mack truck. Mohair seats with horsehair stuffing and side curtains. Includes a V-6 engine.
This series of photos are very timely as it's the 100th birthday of Greyhound, and the company has a traveling museum currently making a tour of the US. This model of bus was included in the display.

All Aboard

In addition to the Pennsylvania Railroad logo on the door, it also says "Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines" over the windows, so I'm guessing these buses brought passengers from surrounding towns to the old Union Station in Columbus, where they could board trains to destinations all over the US (as shown listed under the bus windows).

The PRR is near and dear to my heart due to the fact my father was an engineer for many years in the old Panhandle Division of the Pennsy during the golden age of steam.

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