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The New York "bit players" we tend to ignore......
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NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629




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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W.B.:

GREAT examples, to say the least! Wink

Since posting that photo of that "WELCOME ABOARD" sign (TWA) I cannot help but wonder if any other airline utilized similar illuminated boarding signs.

I KNEW my hunch was correct, that here was some sort of "transit" connection...... Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GREEN BUS #1013 (RTS) at JFK, 1980.

In the far background, note the Fishbowl and the TWA sign......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?153438

(courtesy: nycsubway.org)
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another GREEN BUS shot at JFK (1980)

RTS #1010 (1010 WINS News Radio!) strikes a timeless pose, here.....

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?153433

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two-tone blue Flex #9000 at the NATIONAL terminal at JFK, 1980.......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?154939

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W.B.:

This huge NATIONAL billboard dates to the 1950's (note the touting of the "DC-7 STAR"); also, note, that this was still a time when regularly-scheduled flights to Havana were still being operated.......

https://www.pbase.com/donboyd/image/90333109

"NOW FLY THE BEST- 3 1/2 HOURS TO NEW YORK!"


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2022 10:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W.B.:

GREETINGS FROM CHICAGO" (late 1950's)

This timeless nighttime view will certainly appeal to both bus and airline enthusiasts..... Wink

https://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/randolph-street-night-from-trailways-bus-station-c1960/

By the early 1960's, the TWA sign was updated, with a jet replacing the Constellation.

The new sign proclaimed TWA as the "Super-Jet Airline".....

"NYO"


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This dramatic nighttime view, overlooked by an impressive (waning) gibbous moon, is truly timeless.......

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/424956914829310413/
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re: the TWA sign on Randolph Avenue:

By the early 60's, all TWA transatlantic flights were handled by jets; the remaining Connies were relegated to domestic flights only.

Others had either been converted into freighters or sold.......

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
GREETINGS FROM CHICAGO" (late 1950's)

This timeless nighttime view will certainly appeal to both bus and airline enthusiasts..... Wink

https://chuckmanchicagonostalgia.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/randolph-street-night-from-trailways-bus-station-c1960/

By the early 1960's, the TWA sign was updated, with a jet replacing the Constellation.

The new sign proclaimed TWA as the "Super-Jet Airline".....

And who was responsible for that TWA sign's construction and fabrication? None other than Douglas Leigh's organization and Artkraft Strauss - with Trans-Lux supplying the controls for the two "zippers." Just like in Times Square.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This bustling scene from Chicago dates to the 1960s; note the sign "FLY TWA JETS", with the clock below it reading: "TWA TIME: 3:15".......

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/424323596113690325/
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't want to be picky but... you have this listed as a Queens operator when in reality it is a ex-Detroit TDH-5105 that was acquired by queens Transit and here we see it as an Avenue B and Broadway bus...

It appears that the shop took a curtain, perhaps from a Mack, and cut off the M9 Ave. B portion of both signs and just glued them together inside the glass.

Also, note the three types of buses... an old look, a new look, and a Flxible built in Evergreen, Alabama



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

...........did not know that any ex-Detroit buses operated ANYWHERE in "Noo Yawk"! Shocked

Appreciate the interesting heads-up! Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My sources tell me that the TWA "Welcome Aboard" signs were used throughout the 60's and early 70's at stations that did not have jetways.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In 1971 Queens Transit acquired 15 ex Detroit Street Railway GM TDH-5105s and repainted and renumbered them 872-885.

From January to September, 1975 Avenue B and East Broadway Transit leased the following buses from Queens Transit numbers 882, 872, 876, 877, 878. They kept the Queens Transit colors and numbers.

Avenue B also leased from Hausman five ex-South Suburban Safeway Lines TDH-5105s that kep the SSS Lines colors and numbers, 517, 533, 537, 564, 572.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MaBSTOA 15:

GREATLY appreciate the additional info you provided; thank you! Wink

Also appreciate the information on the TWA "WELCOME ABOARD" sign; this sign, then, would have been used at the (old) Newark Airport, which was never equipped with jetways.

Jetways did not come to Newark (EWR) until the new terminal(s) opened in the 1970's, which relegated the 1953 terminal to lesser duties, before it closed entirely about 1990.......

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