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“No Traffic Nerves for Us!” Greyhound Bus Company
Currently on display
Not a part of the official Smithsonian Collection
This 1949 Greyhound advertisement tried to sell long-distance bus travel to customers who owned an automobile, by suggesting that taking the bus was more relaxing. As the copy said “‘We're a two-car family at less than one-car cost!’ When your ‘second car’ is a Greyhound bus, you automatically cut travel costs—and you can leave the family car home for the family.”The images accompanying the copy show a well dressed young couple enjoying the sights and scenes from the buses' window. One drawing shows a couple trying to find a parking place, as the Greyhound bus glides by behind them, suggesting that Greyhound freed its customers from worrying about parking at their destinations.
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During World War II, American automobile factories converted to wartime production, and tires and gasoline were both rationed, so many more people began riding buses to commute to work, and to travel long distances. After the War ended in 1945, it took some time to convert back to peacetime automobile production, and bus companies did a brisk business. Greyhound invested in new rolling stock, buying Silversides buses, and spending money on their terminals, but postwar construction costs were high, and buses did not keep the customers they had gained during the war years for long.

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