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October 31, 1956: An Era Ends In Brooklyn
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W.B. Fishbowl



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now the font on that old streetcar could definitely qualify as a "lost" one. I don't think I saw it on any Surface buses.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
The old-fashioned lines of elderly B&QT convertible #4573 contrast sharply with sleek, new (postwar) TWIN COACH #1733* (bus is signed for "32-GATES AVENUE")

Note the complex "special work" in the cobblestones.

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?140880

(courtesy: nyscubway.org)

*These buses were built between 1947 and 1948.......

I beg to differ. The bus is signed 52-Gates Avenue, not 32.
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A Brooklynite should be able to identify the location because of one or two of the buildings in the background. For starters, I might guess Flatbush Avenue and Livingston Street.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
The old-fashioned lines of elderly B&QT convertible #4573 contrast sharply with sleek, new (postwar) TWIN COACH #1733* (bus is signed for "32-GATES AVENUE")

Note the complex "special work" in the cobblestones.

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?140880

(courtesy: nyscubway.org)

*These buses were built between 1947 and 1948.......

I beg to differ. The bus is signed 52-Gates Avenue, not 32.
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A Brooklynite should be able to identify the location because of one or two of the buildings in the background. For starters, I might guess Flatbush Avenue and Livingston Street.
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NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629




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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

N4 Jamaica wrote:
NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
The old-fashioned lines of elderly B&QT convertible #4573 contrast sharply with sleek, new (postwar) TWIN COACH #1733* (bus is signed for "32-GATES AVENUE")

Note the complex "special work" in the cobblestones.

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?140880

(courtesy: nyscubway.org)

*These buses were built between 1947 and 1948.......

I beg to differ. The bus is signed 52-Gates Avenue, not 32.
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A Brooklynite should be able to identify the location because of one or two of the buildings in the background. For starters, I might guess Flatbush Avenue and Livingston Street.


Joe:

That was a typo on my part.......oops! Rolling Eyes

I like old photos to be captioned in such a manner that a location i given; not being from Brooklyn, I can only identify locations that I am familiar with from seeing photos taken at a certain location, where the location is given.

Though I can easily identify photos taken at the Sands St elevated/streetcar complex, Stillwell Avenue, Grand Army Plaza, etc., there are many photos that have no location given that I cannot even guess at........

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over a century ago, early articulated streetcars, known as "two-rooms-and-a-bath" cars (a home-built Boston design) were commonplace in that city (later models utilized two double-truck cars)

One such car once operated in Brooklyn; this was car #4900.

Unlike Boston, this concept was not popular, and no further units of this type were built for Brooklyn.

Photos of this car are almost never seen......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?117693

(courtesy: nycsubway.org)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No date given here, but we see a couple of retired B&QT convertibles at the Coney Island yards, sadly awaiting scrapping.

Note the old bus, also awaiting scrapping, on the right......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?33327

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At Grand Army Plaza (at Vanderbilt Avenue) we see PCC #1061 "meeting" with single-ended Peter Witt #6112, post-WW2.

Note, also, the two-light traffic signal, and the hulking Buick in the background........

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?140735

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCC #1002 (signed for the "50 McDONALD") seen passing by a small FORD bus (note the single red light above the rear windows of the bus).....

http://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?7711

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PCC #1007, also signed for the "50 McDONALD", is seen passing several parked Old Look GM's on the right......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?7726

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"PROUD MEN IN UNIFORM".......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?140703

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2021 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the busy Williamsburgh Bridge Plaza station, we see double-ended Peter Witt #8402, with a new MACK in the background.

Off to the left, we can see the angular lines of a departing 6000 series single-ended Peter Witt.......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?31091

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

East New York, circa-1940.

This elderly B&QT deck-roof car (#2510) makes for an interesting contrast to the assortment of prewar buses (TWIN COACH and MACK) on the left.

In the left background, you can also spot a train of BMT Standards up on the elevated structure.....

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?117437

(courtesy: nycsubway.org)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629 wrote:
East New York, circa-1940.

This elderly B&QT deck-roof car (#2510) makes for an interesting contrast to the assortment of prewar buses (TWIN COACH and MACK) on the left.

In the left background, you can also spot a train of BMT Standards up on the elevated structure.....

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?117437

(courtesy: nycsubway.org)

The '5' on #2510 was a bit too ornate for the numbers used on many a 'Tee-Yay' or MaBSTOA Fishbowl, but the rest of the numerals were close.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

W.B.:

That style of "5" (or pretty close to it) was also displayed on a white placard, and clipped into a holder in the right-hand windshields (and rear windows) on the NHBL buses assigned to the "5", which ran from JSQ, past our Union City apartment building, and then on to the "Port-of-Authority".

Via this line, we were only 15 minutes away from Manhattan; Mom and I used it often, way back in the day..........

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just to briefly get off-topic here:

In this 1972 photo, taken just above the then still-bustling Journal Square (Jersey City), we see a NHBL Fishbow (B-114)l*, already signed for the return trip into New York.

Note the "5" placard, the same used on the older buses, when they were still in service, and used on this line......

https://www.nycsubway.org/perl/show?153651

(courtesy: nycsubway.org)

*This bus was one of the very few a/c-equipped buses in the NHBL fleet; though, of course, I have always loved the Fishbowls, I didn't like it that, as they increased in numbers, the oldest buses I had grown up were seen less and less, and then disappeared altogether.

Today, in 2021, it is now at least 24 years since the last Fishbowl operated on a "Boulevard" route....I still miss them today; I rode them too many times to count, over the years.....

"NYO"
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