Tin Toys — October 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

The Early Toy Omnibus

BY JACK HERBERT

IT’S THE 1880S, and you’re stranded in New York City. You need to get from here to way-over-there. You don’t have access to a carriage, however. Cabs have all disappeared because it’s beginning to rain. Walking is tough in those fancy boots of yours. What do you do?

You find yourself a major avenue—Broadway, perhaps—and there behold! You’ll discover dozens of City Omnibuses, sometimes as many as two to a block. This is 1885 Public Transportation, and most all of these buses are horse drawn, as well as being very colorfully turned out.

Let’s take a look, now, at 13 of them that have stood the perils of time.

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