Vintage Photograph From 1946 Shows One of City's Last Double Decker Bus Rides Through Washington Square Park

Dec. 29, 1946: “It’s a lark!” exclaimed a passenger on one of the last trips of one of New York City’s last five double-decker, open-top buses. “It’s a shame they’re taking them away. During the summer months they’d be wonderful,” the woman added. “The Fifth Avenue Coach Company had ordered the use of the old open double-deckers discontinued as of 1 p.m.,” reported The Times, which also noted that the buses had been running there since 1907 and that “some of the old machines would be sent to Argentina and Cuba,” and others would be scrapped for parts.
Dec. 29, 1946: “It’s a lark!” exclaimed a passenger on one of the last trips of one of New York City’s last five double-decker, open-top buses. “It’s a shame they’re taking them away. During the summer months they’d be wonderful,” the woman added. “The Fifth Avenue Coach Company had ordered the use of the old open double-deckers discontinued as of 1 p.m.,” reported The Times, which also noted that the buses had been running there since 1907 and that “some of the old machines would be sent to Argentina and Cuba,” and others would be scrapped for parts.
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Today's post shows a photo from December 29th, 1946 documenting one of the last trips of the official double decker buses in New York City as they drive through Washington Square.

Dec. 29, 1946: “It’s a lark!” exclaimed a passenger on one of the last trips of one of New York City’s last five double-decker, open-top buses. “It’s a shame they’re taking them away. During the summer months they’d be wonderful,” the woman added. “The Fifth Avenue Coach Company had ordered the use of the old open double-deckers discontinued as of 1 p.m.,” reported The Times, which also noted that the buses had been running there since 1907 and that “some of the old machines would be sent to Argentina and Cuba,” and others would be scrapped for parts.

The original article from 1946 has more.

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Washington Square Park

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