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Bus Boy: 1943

Bus Boy: 1943

September 1943. Washington Court House, Ohio. "Boy who rides to and from school daily on a Greyhound bus waiting outside the depot." Medium format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Big Pants

Among the less affluent in those days it was common to buy kids clothes large, then do alterations as they grew into them. Either that, or hand-me-downs from their older siblings. As a skinny kid about that age I wore a lot of clothes I swam around in.

Back then

A car only needed three tires.

For a slim boy

Those are some big pants legs, the kind where you have to take a couple of steps before the pantlegs actually move.

Greyhound Tire Delivery

Back then, and continuing up until recently, you could take packages to the bus station, and have them delivered to another station served by the line.
I expect the pair of tires leaning against the shop window are on their way to Elmers Farm, out on Rural Route 6, Bellweather, Ohio.
I had tires delivered back in the 60's, and a plastic bumper cover shipped in to replace a damaged on within the recent past. You had to go to the station to pick them up.
There is an alternative to UPS, Fedex, DHL, USPS, and all the other flying package delivery companies. Might cost a lot less too.

5 will get you 10

The Washington CH football schedule in the window shows 5 games played in 1943. This year there were 10. 7 wins and 3 losses.

Whoopee Cap

Seems to have been a favorite of auto mechanics back when a swept-back men's hairstyle was favored. The hat served as a way to keep their hair from falling into their faces while under the hood.

Could not find any rationale for the name, just one of many applied to this accoutrement.


Three new tires were probably a rare sight in 1943!


I bet those new tires were a rarity during the war. I like the Washington High football schedule too.

Re: Cap

I don't know exactly when, but the older mechanics in our maintenance shop generally wore them at work to help keep grease and particulates out of their hair (usually what was left of their hair)

It's a Whoopee Cap

Made by cutting the brim off an old felt hat, then cutting the base of the crown into a zigzag pattern, which frays less, and flipping it up. Often worn by mechanics (think Goober Pyle in The Andy Griffith Show), teenagers soon took to it. When felt hats went away, so did the Whoopee cap.

He's wearing a Jughead cap!!

Does anyone know how this style originated?

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