In 1943, The New York Times reported that Greyhound had about 450 buses on the road at any given time. Photographer Esther Bubley captured riders outside of the Gettysburg Greyhound station ready to board one of those buses.
For four weeks in 1943, Esther Bubley (1921–98), a photography graduate of the Minneapolis School of Art, rode crowded Greyhounds and other busses to study bus travel in the U.S. In the photo above, Bubley stops outside of the Greyhound Station in Gettysburg for a photo opportunity. Bubley was on assignment for the Office of War Information (OWI) in Washington, D.C. Program director Roy Stryker dispatched Bubley to cover everyday life on the country’s buses. Wartime restraints on gasoline and frequent troop movements meant more people than ever were riding the Greyhound. Bubley rode through major cities and dusty backroads, capturing the passengers, drivers, porters, mechanics, and cleaners of the system in elegant and empathetic images.
Photo courtesy of Esther Bubley, U.S. Library of Congress