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Gorgeous Postcards of the ‘Streamline Moderne’ Greyhound Terminals

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Syracuse, New York

Syracuse, New York

Greyhound, the intercity bus carrier, that still serves over 3,800 destinations across North America began in Hibbing, Minnesota in 1914. Carl Eric Wickman who had been born in Sweden in 1887 started to transport iron ore miners from Hibbing to Alice (where the saloons were) for 15 cents a ride. The company started to use the name ‘The Greyhound Corporation in 1929 when Ed Stone the operator of the route from Superior to Wausau in Wisconsin saw a reflection of his bus in a store window. The reflection reminded him of a greyhound dog and he adopted that name for that segment but eventually applied to the whole network.

In 1934, intercity bus lines (of which Greyhound was the largest) carried around 400,000,000 passengers. The film It Happened One Night centered on an heiress (Claudette Colbert) traveling by Greyhound bus with a reporter (Clark Gable) and the movie is credited by the company for spurring bus travel nationwide.

To accommodate the rapid growth in bus travel, Greyhound constructed lots of new stations in the period between 1937 and 1945, most of them in a late Art Deco style known as Streamline Moderne. In 1937, Greyhound embarked on a program of unifying its brand identity by acquiring both buses and terminals in the Streamline style.[18] By the outbreak of World War II, the company had 4,750 stations and nearly 10,000 employees.

Greyhound Bus Depot - Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia

Greyhound Bus Depot - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

1943 illustration by Thornton Oakley

1943 illustration by Thornton Oakley

First street & east van buren phoenix AZ greyhound bus terminal

First street & east van buren phoenix AZ greyhound bus terminal

Greyhound Terminal, Winston-Salem, NC

Greyhound Terminal, Winston-Salem, NC

Greyhound Terminal, Cincinnatti, OH

Greyhound Terminal, Cincinnatti, OH

Greyhound Terminal, Los Angeles

Greyhound Terminal, Los Angeles

Greyhound bus ad from 1951

Ad from 1951

Greyhound Bus postcard

Ad from 1961

Greyhound Bus Terminal - Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Greyhound Bus Terminal - Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan

Greyhound bus ad from 1951

ad from 1951

Greyhound Bus Terminal - Louisville, Kentucky mailed in 1958

Louisville, Kentucky mailed in 1958

Greyhound Bus advert

Ad from 1955

Greyhound Bus Terminal postcard

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Greyhound Bus Terminal postcard

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania sent in 1947

Greyhound Bus Terminal Interior postcard

Chicago, Illinois interior mailed 1959

Greyhound Bus Terminal Waiting Room - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania postcard

Terminal Waiting Room – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania mailed 1952

Greyhound Scenicruiser c1961 postcard

Greyhound Scenicruiser c1961

Greyhound Bus advert

Ad from 1950

Greyhound terminal Milwaukee Wisconsin postcard

Fort Wayne, Indiana postcard

Overland Greyhound Bus Depot - Omaha, Nebraska c.1954

Overland Greyhound Bus Depot – Omaha, Nebraska c.1954

Greyhound Bus Ad

Ad from 1960

Greyhound Terminal, Fort Wayne, Indiana postcard

Greyhound Terminal, Fort Wayne, Indiana postcard

  • Barry Rivadue

    400,000,000???