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What we need on New York's bus history
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W.B. Fishbowl



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also unrelated . . . also crying out for a close examination in a book is the history of New York City television in a manner similar to books already out about TV in such cities as Chicago and Cleveland and some smaller cities. So it's not just the last six years of FACL and the early years of MaBSTOA and their fleets that warrant comprehensive books.
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NEW YORK OMNIBUS 2629




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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

W.B. Fishbowl wrote:
Also unrelated . . . also crying out for a close examination in a book is the history of New York City television in a manner similar to books already out about TV in such cities as Chicago and Cleveland and some smaller cities. So it's not just the last six years of FACL and the early years of MaBSTOA and their fleets that warrant comprehensive books.


I agree 100%!

Too, detailed histories of television in New York could also include photos of the buses ("mobile studios") used by the early TV stations; I have two 1950's-era tin "TV buses" in my collection.

Also, New York histories I'd like to see published:

Electric lighting

The water/sewer system (calling Ed Norton!)

Department stores

Elevators/escalators ("moving stairs" in Great Britain); think about it.....our modern skyscrapers would not have been possible had it not been for the elevators (Is that correct, Mr. Otis?) Wink

Years ago, there was an excellent page on the 'net, dedicated (in DETAIL) about the history of electric lighting in St. Patrick's Cathedral; man, this was really interesting!

Sadly, this page vanished long ago. Sad

Also, a book on the history of the Sanitation department; so much of tremendous interest here, including horse and wagons, trucks, garbage scows, incinerators, ans, of course, the men themselves, who have toiled throughout the decades.

Also, detailed histories on the NYPD and NFYD (I do have one small book on NYFD history, but I feel, another, much larger volume is needed on New York's true heroes)

Just my 2 1/2 cents worth........

"NYO"
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the Arcadia Publishing site.

A lot of New York City area history.
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W.B. Fishbowl



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 02, 2019 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is now on eBay a few slides for sale from 'VintageVault75' that belong in a book on Fifth Avenue Coach Lines' last years, all New Looks:
- A/C #10, clearly marked 'Fifth Avenue Coach Lines Inc.', plying the 1 - 4th & Madison Avenues route c.1960 (it must've been relettered Surface Transit Inc. afterwards).
- #3143, around 100th(?) Street depot with some of the last buses ordered for NYCO (3083 and 3087) plus one of the '58-'59 Old Looks; the front changes the NYCO #2's description to "Park Ave So & Madison Ave."
- A pic of #100 (the Flxible demo bus) with FACO #4 markings, indicating to Penn Station.
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