This is an original Rochester Subway, Bus, and Trolley pass for the
week of February 4, 1940. These weekly passes were first issued on
October 27, 1934 but were widely used during WWII. Each
week during WWII a new group of young American men and woman arrived in
Rochester to fill new jobs at Eastman Kodak Company with the
women increasingly out numbering the men as the war progressed.
This bus pass, measuring 2 ¼" by 3 ¾", insured transportation to and
from work and for sight-seeing or other excursions for an entire week on
all RTC bus and trolley lines. The cash rate of fare at the time was
$1.00 for a city-only pass (like this one), or $1.25 for a
suburban and city pass, good within all city points plus the suburban point
shown in the lower left corner of the pass.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the pass can be found on the right side.
Each week a different local event or organization was highlighted accompanied
by its identification or a slogan. Organizations such as the Girl Scouts of America, the USO,
the YMCA, and YWCA were often featured as were various wartime slogans
and public announcements.
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