Here we see a very stylish mid-century woman who is ready to go somewhere special. She has 3 pieces of matching monogrammed luggage (white with leather trim). She looks fabulous in her belted white dress and matching everything.
Here’s a question for you. What will be her form of travel? Train, plane, or automobile?
None of the above. Greyhound bus. This near-obscure form of travel was common in the mid-century. Buses traveled to places not accessible by train or plane. Chances are likely that this city girl did not have a car of her own, so bus travel made sense. As a fan of classic movies (especially film-noir), I have learned that taking a Greyhound bus to a quaint remote location was a frequent form of travel for folks of all types in the 1950’s.
Of course bus travel had a lot of disadvantages. Imagine traveling for days on a bus. All you have is a seat and strangers all around you. At least you had the opportunity for a private place to sleep on a train. Its no wonder that cross-country travel by car and roadside motels became so popular in the 1950’s.
Here’s the Cover and Table of Contents for Charm Mary 1956. Charm was targeted to single women who work. This edition featured an assortment of information for the reader who wished to travel during the summer.
Check out more from this magazine here: Charm Magazine