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Bus Triptych: 1943

Bus Triptych: 1943

September 1943. Cincinnati, Ohio. "Loading baggage on a Greyhound bus at the bus terminal." Medium-format nitrate negatives by Esther "Burst Mode" Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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No Louis Vuitton or Gucci

Most of this luggage looks like it has seen a lot of wear and tear and much of it is tied together with ropes or tape, so it is surprising that none of it seems to have burst open, as I've seen lots of airline luggage on the arrival turntables that just could not withstand the handling and comes through in pieces. Also, having this job would keep one from having to work out at the gym because there was no automated moving carousels, etc. and it was sheer strength and manpower moving this stuff around. Can't help but wonder how much a baggage handler would have made in 1939. Talk about "working hard for the money."

The Original

3D Tetris player 60 years early.

FedEx and UPS back in the day

Whenever I tell young people that when I worked in a statewide political campaign in Alabama in 1978 we used to send all of our election paraphernalia (yard signs, billboards, bumper stickers, etc.) by Greyhound and Trailways, they think I'm kidding. There was no other alternative any faster.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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