Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Crowded Bus Terminal



Today's picture comes from 1943, and shows a crowded bus terminal. The picture was taken in Memphis, Tennessee. I like looking at all the individuals in the crowd.

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  1. I like looking at all the people,too. The little boy up front is especially cute. The lady a few people has an interesting look on her face.

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  2. I see the sign "White Waiting Room".
    Did they have separate busses for Blacks or just separate waiting rooms?

    WOW! What a crowd.

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  3. Is this trip really necessary? Only one serviceman seen. Maybe some of the other men are on their way to training centers.

    John

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  4. To DADD
    Yes they had separate waiting rooms, restrooms & drinking fountains, but rode on the same bus. Just in the back of the bus.

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  5. I guess being a North Dakota born and raised boy, I never learn what segregation was all about. But I would think if you could have them ride on the same bus, you should be able to be in the same waiting room.

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  6. Bus travel should be more popular today than it is. I live on the west coast and don't know anyone that rides the bus. My daughter is in college in Baltimore. They have something called the Bolt Bus which she loves. She is able to purchase a reserved seat online for a three hour trip to NYC. It has airconditioning, free wi fi service, outlets for her computer, etc. I think it costs her about $45 round trip. She couldn't come close to that by air or car and parking.

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  7. That white waiting room sign seems so foreign to me today. How could anyone think that was ok? Why would anyone care who sits next to you in a waiting room or on a bus? As long as they don't stink or are coughing all over, why should you care? Reminds me of a story my Dad used to tell me...He was a Marine during the Korean war and his best friend was also a Marine and happened to be black. Him and his buddy were travelling through the south somewhere by bus, both in their uniforms. They got on the bus and the bus driver said, sit in the back. My Dad thought it was because the bus driver was trying to get as many people on the bus as possible so he followed his friend down to the back of the bus. The bus driver said to him, I didn't mean you sir just the black fellow. After a verbal altercation with the bus driver my Dad sat in the back with his friend. Imagine fighting for your country and being treated like a 2nd class citizen. My Dad used to say that if it wasn't for his friend calming him down he would have rung that bus drivers neck.

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  8. I always wonder who took all these old pictures and why?

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