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1955 British
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Here are 15 more bus industry advertisements to take you back to 1955, in the days before car ownership was taken for granted. It was a period when bus production was high, with many bus operators still modernising their fleets after the shortages of the war years. Many of the advertisements in this selection are from companies supplying components to the many coachbuilders of the time.

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Hallam, Sleigh & Cheston Limited of Birmingham, using the trade name "Widney", produced virtually everything a coachbuilder needed to build a coach body, except maybe the panels. Click for a full-size picture
Click for a full-size picture A. W. Chapman Ltd., a Fulham, London manufacturer of seats for buses and coaches.
Esavian Limited, made the folding garage doors in the picture, which features Potteries Motor Traction's (then) new garage at Hanley. Click for a full-size picture
Click for a full-size picture Stratstone, a Thomas Tilling Group company, produced these bus washers for London Transport.
Auto-Tickets Ltd., a Birkenhead manufacturer of tickets. Click for a full-size picture
Click for a full-size picture Weathershields Ltd., Birmingham, one of the major manufacturers of roof lights on coaches.
Siddall & Hilton Ltd., trading as SIDHIL, of Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire. Another supplier of bus and coach seats Click for a full-size picture
Click for a full-size picture Elliott (Windscreens) Ltd., of Kingsbury, north-west London, made the windows and destination panels in this 1½ decker touring coach.
Park Bros. Ltd., Blackburn, battery manufacturer. The bus in the illustration bears a Burlingham body. Click for a full-size picture
Click for a full-size picture Yet more windows, this time from Rawlings Manufacturing Co. Ltd., from Balham in south-west London.
And still more windows from Quicktho (1928) Ltd., based in Wandsworth, also in south-west London. Click for a full-size picture
Click for a full-size picture Another ticket manufacturer, Hunt & Colleys Ltd., from Nottingham. Was bus travel really as popular as the picture suggests ?
Gledhill-Brook Time Recorders Ltd., Huddersfield. I remember time recorders like this at bus stops around London. The bus conductor would have get off the bus and stick a time card into the machine to get the time stamped onto it. Click for a full-size picture
Click for a full-size picture Young Windows Ltd., from Wisher in Scotland.
And finally, Gee Bee Products of Sheffield had a product called "Pagwood" which was a laminate used to make interior panels. In the advertisement it is the seat back panels which utilise the product. Click for a full-size picture


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