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Changing Styles on White Buses in Albuquerque

While the earliest buses were by necessity strictly utilitarian, as the 20th century progressed, elements of style slowly began to creep into their design. Although the differences between the coaches seen in our photos today are subtle, the raked windshield and curved cowl of the White from the early 1930′s White pictured above differs noticeably from the stark, square look of the first one seen below from just a few years before.

Later in the decade, elements of modern styling would first be applied to heavy trucks on the 1936 White 704 by industrial designer Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and motor coaches would soon follow suit. By the end of the decade, streamlined buses would be speeding passengers between small towns and major cities all over the United States. You can find many more pictures here on The Old Motor of White steam cars. Today’s photos courtesy of the University of New Mexico.

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A Gould Topped White Bus

A very nice and sharp image of a White bus carrying a Gould top probably taken for Gould in San Francisco. The photo is courtesy of Tom Jakeway who earlier treated us to a series of photos of attractive Gould-topped automobiles. The Camas Stage company may have been located in Camas, Washington which is northeast and across the river from Portland Oregon. Can any of our readers date the White?

Eric Haartz earlier reported this about the company: As of early 1925, at least, the F.D. Gould Company operated at 1509 Sutter Street in San Francisco. They were listed in the Chilton Automobile Directory (but oddly absent in a 1923 issue). From what is evident in this series of photos, Gould seemed particularly proud of their California Tops. Those in the photos seem to have had artificial leather on the exteriors, and several coated-fabrics firms then specialized in such materials for automotive use. Naugahyde (United States Rubber Company, later Uniroyal), Fabrikoid (DuPont) and Zapon were prominent brands in this application.

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Things were so much different back in time

How different things were back in time, was the first thought that came to mind in seeing this photograph. Today we take travel for granted, but most folks of average means could not even afford to own a car back in 1926, when this photo was taken. In talking with many people that lived back in the period, going on a bus or car trip was a big thing. If you lived in the country you might only take a trip into the “Big City” once or twice a year.

This couple has on what appears to be their Sunday best, while posed with the White bus before heading off on the big adventure.  Check out her hat and the unique horizontal stripes on the coat, along with his nickers. The photo of The Ward Way bus and the couple, is possibly taken in Tulsa, and is courtesy of the Oklahoma Historical Society via Donald Ellis.

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