Friday, September 18, 2009

Another Retro Bus Depot

Greyhound Bus Terminal, early 1950s.

Last Friday, Lidian showed us a retro depot in Buffalo. So today, I'll share with you my visit to the Chicago station in 1953. I was traveling by bus from Muncie, Indiana to Seattle, Washington and found myself with a three-hour layover in Chicago. So at 2:30 a.m., I am walking around the Loop. By myself. Would I do that now? Unlikely is an understatement. As a callow youth with obviously nothing much to his name, and in 1953 (did I already mention that?) I doubtless faced the world with a much different outlook (clueless) than I do now as an old, quite old, guy in this first decade of the twenty-first century.
I wish I could say I would feel as comfortable doing that now as I did doing it then; but whether or not I have changed, the world has changed.
Yeah, yeah. I've changed.


Shinade aka Jackie said...

Now talk about bringing back memories, wow, you just brought back a flood for me.

I can't even begin to count how many times I traveled on a Greyhound bus.

It was mine and my mother's only source for travel without my dad as she never did learn to drive a car.

LOL, I tried to teach her one time when she was in her late 60's and it was not a good experience. I continued to drive her anywhere she needed to be until her death.

Now, my travels were all done in the early 60's to early early 70's. And as we lived in Dallas, with the terminal located downtown, it was already a scary and dangerous place.

This is just wonderful. I can see my mother and that red hair so vividly. Thanks for the memories and I hope you both have a great weekend!!

Oh my gosh, I just remembered this. The very last one I ever rode on was the new double decker...remember when they came out with the buses that had the lower and upper and a bathroom? Wow, it was something back then. But, yuck the hostesses smelled bad and the bathrooms were the pits.

Oh my goodness. you are going to provoke tons of memories for all of us with this post!!
Blessings of peace my friend!

Anonymous said...

As a kid, I hitchhiked all over Indiana, I would no longer do that. Maybe Indiana and I have both changed.


Lidian said...

What a wonderful postcard!

It surely was safer back then, walking around all sorts of places.

And thank you for link, too.

vanilla said...

I thank all y'all for your visit and comments. Nostalgia may, or may not, be useful; but it sure is fun!