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Guide to the Fifth Avenue Coach Company Collection
1895-1962
  PR 18

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Lauren Gilbert

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 10, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series I: Buses and Automotive Parts, 1915-1928

Scope and Contents note

Series I houses photographs of the earliest coaches, including the horse-drawn omnibuses, in addition to all of the various models produced through the late 1920s. Photographs are arranged alphabetically by bus type or numerically by bus number when the type is not specified. Within each type, the items are arranged in the following order: exterior, interior, chassis and axles, and engine and parts. Interior bus views often show passengers, as well as the advertisements lining the upper walls. The series ends with miscellaneous and unidentified vehicles and automotive parts, arranged alphabetically.

Views of type J include photographs of buses produced for the Grand Rapids Railways, the Capitol Traction Company (Washington, DC), the Milwaukee Electric Railway Company, and the Kansas Electric Power Company. Views of type 7J include buses manufactured for Detroit and for the Toronto Transportation Commission, and views of type L include a coach manufactured for Baltimore. Bus 701 is shown in both New York and Chicago, with a repainted exterior. The exterior of bus 914, a cooperative project of the New York Automobile Club and the Board of Education, is covered with signs exhorting safety, such as "Hurry leads to worry," and "Why take chances? Odds are against you."

Views of miscellaneous buses include four images of an upper deck containing several couples evidently posed in romantic poses. According to a 1954 New York Times article, these so-called "spooners" favored the open-air upper decks in use from 1907 to 1936. As a result, certain strait-laced riders led a campaign against the open-air coaches as "instruments of evil." At around the same time these photographs were taken, John A. Ritchie, the head of the Fifth Avenue Coach Company in the 1920's, wrote a letter defending open-air spooning.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [Early miscellaneous coaches]
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Type A, Exterior
1921
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Type A, Interior
1921
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Type A, Chassis and axles
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Type A, Chassis and axles
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Type A, Engine and parts
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Type 2A, Exterior
1922-1923
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Type 2A, Interior
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Type 2A, Chassis and axles
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Type 2A, Chassis and axles
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Type 2A, Chassis and axles
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Type 3A, Transmission
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Type 4A, Engine
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Type C, Chassis
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Type D, Exterior and accident views
1916
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Type D, Wheel
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Type E, Exterior
1915
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Type E, Interior
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Type G, Exterior and accident view
1917
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Type G, Axle
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 14 Type G, Engine and parts
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Type H, Exterior and accident view
1915-1916
Box: 3 Folder : 15 Type H, Interior
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Type J, Exterior
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 17 Type J, Exterior
1921
Box: 3 Folder : 18 Type J, Exterior
1923
Box: 3 Folder : 19 Type J, Interior
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Type J, Interior
1923
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Type J, Chassis
1923
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Type J, Engine and parts
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 23 Type 7J, Exterior
1921
Box: 4 Folder : 24 Type 7J, Exterior
1922
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Type 7J, Interior
1921
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Type 7J, Chassis
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Type 8J, Exterior
1922
Box: 4 Folder : 26 Type 8J, Interior
1922
Box: 4 Folder : 27 Type 8J, Chassis
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 28 Type L, Exterior
1919-1924
Box: 5 Folder : 29 Type L, Exterior
1919-1924
Box: 5 Folder : 30 Type L, Exterior
1919-1924
Box: 5 Folder : 31 Type L, Exterior
1919-1924
Box: 5 Folder : 32 Type L, Chassis and axles
1922-1923
Box: 5 Folder : 33 Type L, Chassis and axles
1922-1923
Box: 5 Folder : 34 Type L, Chassis and axles
1922-1923
Box: 5 Folder : 35 Type L, Chassis and axles
1922-1923
Box: 6 Folder : 36 Type L, Engine and parts
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 37 Type 2L, Exterior
1923-1924
Box: 6 Folder : 37 Type 2L, Interior
1923
Box: 6 Folder : 38 Type 2L, Chassis
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 39 Type N, Exterior
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 39 Type N, Engine
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 40 Type R, Engine
1923
Box: 6 Folder : 41 Bus 241, Exterior
1917-1918
Box: 6 Folder : 41 Bus 241, Interior
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 42 Bus 506, Exterior
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 42 Bus 512, Exterior
1919
Box: 6 Folder : 42 Bus 517, Exterior
1919
Box: 6 Folder : 43 Bus 701, Exterior
1917
Box: 6 Folder : 44 Bus 701, Exterior
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 45 Bus 701, Interior
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 45 Bus 701, Chassis
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 46 Bus 808, Interior
1922
Box: 7 Folder : 47 Bus 913, Exterior (first coach with pneumatic tires)
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 47 Bus 914, Exterior [Safety signs]
1928
Box: 7 Folder : 48 Miscellaneous Buses, [Couples on upper deck]
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 48 Miscellaneous Buses, Unidentified
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 49 Miscellaneous Vehicles, Sand car
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 49 Miscellaneous Vehicles, Snow plows
undated
Box: 7 Folder : 49 Miscellaneous Vehicles, Unidentified
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 50 Miscellaneous Vehicles, Miscellaneous Automotive Parts
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 51 Miscellaneous Vehicles, Miscellaneous Automotive Parts
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 52 Miscellaneous Vehicles, Miscellaneous Automotive Parts
undated
Box: 8 Folder : 53 Miscellaneous Vehicles, Unidentified Automotive Parts
undated

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