Bus Story by Esther Bubley

The work of Esther Bubley ’41 is featured in a Mashable story for their series Retronaut, which delves into incredible photographs from the past and the equally incredible stories behind them.

In 1942 Bubley, an “ambitious young photographer,” held a job as a darkroom assistant at the Office of War Information. Her creative talents quickly led her out of the darkroom and into the field, with her biggest assignment being to study and photograph bus travel in the Midwest and South, which had dramatically increased due to wartime rationing of rubber and gasoline.

Her striking photographs capture the passengers, drivers, porters, mechanics, and cleaners of the bus system over the course of four weeks in 1943. In 1947, she revisited the photographs to create the award-winning photographic essay Bus Story.

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