Today’s image taken in 1953 on a street in downtown Philadelphia, PA, shows the results of the controversial changeover from streetcars to buses in cities across the country between the 1930s and the 1950s. Here in “The City of Brotherly Love,” which ranks as having the fifth largest population of the nation’s cities the changes are quite evident.
The buses that replaced the streetcars are clearly visible in the photo as are the overhead electric lines that powered the older form of mass transport. The middle of the street in this view where the trolley cars traveled was then converted into automobile parking spaces.
This street scene contains a wide variety cars that date from the late-1930s to the early-1950s for you to peruse along with the buses. Tell us what you find of interest in the expandable photograph below courtesy of PhillyHistory.