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Sunday, 14 September 2014

Transit Tom Through the Years !

Ca. 1960

A companion piece to my Winnipeg Free Press column today about Transit Tom, created in 1957 by the Greater Winnipeg Transit Commission. Someone pointed out that I spelled John Blumberg's last name incorrectly in the column. My apologies.)

Some of the GWTC's initial ads featuring Tom:


Tom's first ad ! September 7, 1957, Winnipeg Free Press

 October 21, 1957, Winnipeg Free Press


November 16, 1957, Winnipeg Free Press

October 5, 1957, Winnipeg Free Press

 October 14, 1957, Winnipeg Free Press

October 19, 1957, Winnipeg Free Press


 October 28, 1957, Winnipeg Free Press

March 29, 1958, Winnipeg Free Press

 January 25, 1958, Winnipeg Free Press


Later Transit Tom ads:
May 6, 1958, Winnipeg Free Press

June 14, 1958, Winnipeg Free Press


July 10, 1958, Winnipeg Free Press

November 22, 1958, Winnipeg Free Press

February 1, 1960, Winnipeg Free Press

October 28, 1961, Winnipeg Free Press

October 28, 1961, Winnipeg Free Press

December 24, 1962, Winnipeg Free Press


September 6, 1969, Winnipeg Free Press

Other Tom appearances:

Winnipeg's last trolley bus
MTHA Bus Museum Day
Late 1960s remake of Tom (also see)

2010 retro !

Other images:
Streetcar 740
Greater Winnipeg Transit Commission Logo

Transit Routes and Coverage Greater Winnipeg Transit System Metropolitan Area Winnipeg, Manitoba (1957)
1957 Transit Routes (Laliberte at Flickr)

Data

In the 1920s, Winnipeg's public transportation system averaged about 50 million revenue passengers per year, which dropped to around 40 million during the Depression. In 1946, a record year for transit, the number surpassed the 100 million mark before starting a steady decline, (November 6, 1948, Winnipeg Tribune).

In 1954 it was down to 74 million and by 1958 that had retreated to 60 million, (source). Compare that to the nearly 40 million in 2006, (source).

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