Seeing Gotham
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 5:54AM

Touring New York City in style in the early years of the 20th century! An open vehicle with solid rubber tires was acceptable to folk who for at least two generations paraded about in horse drawn open carriages and barouches and felt very good about themselves indeed (tourists today pay exorbitant prices to do so in Central Park!) This tour bus, not much more than a truck fitted with seats, was small compared with others of this kind that were easily three times this length and carried perhaps as many as 42 passengers.

Today we would want cushier seats with safety belts, an enclosure with conditioned air and large windows, and the driver would need to be amplified so we could hear the canned script – we could not be expected to be ferried about in the equivalent of a delivery truck or depot hack, but I am sure these tourists were content to pay the fare to satisfy their curiosity about life in Gotham. A very good time was had by all!

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