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Red,White and blue School bus
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Bob Mi    Posted 10-05-2004 at 11:19:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anyone seen or have a picture of one I have people telling me they never exested !! I would like to prove different Thanks

Davideo    Posted 09-08-2008 at 12:11:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Until 1963, school buses were painted red, white & blue in Traverese City, Michigan.

Jim from Indiana    Posted 01-21-2008 at 16:37:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I started school in Chippewa county, town of Rudyard in 1937. We had 3 school buses and they were a beautiful crimson red below the windows, the window section pure white and above the windows and the entire roof, a very dark blue. They also had chrome grills and chrome front and rear bumpers and I think the wheels were white. They were very attractive, and I wish I could find a picture of one.

Jimbob (MI)    Posted 10-06-2004 at 12:43:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I started school in 1955. Living in the city outside of Detroit, MI, no school buses there.

As soon as I could get wheels & some money saved, I was gone to the country to live.

RayP(MI)    Posted 10-05-2004 at 18:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, I can remember my first bus - was red, white & blue. Was pretty old and was soon replaced with a new one with now well known national chrome yellow. (1950?)

Fern(Mi)    Posted 10-05-2004 at 17:34:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
I remember starting HS in 49. That same year, that school system had purchased their first bunch of school buses in Red, White and Blue. They were Dodge chassis with 66 passenger Superior bodies fit to them. Three to a seat the rides where certainly cheek to cheek.
If I remember right, Wisconsin was the only other state using RW&B buses. A few years later with new buses added or old ones replaced Michigan joined the rest of the nation opting for replacing RW&B with the national standard Yellow.
Proud of my state a real leader!?!?!?
Fernan (grin)

tacon1    Posted 10-05-2004 at 17:02:40       [Reply]  [No Email]

Frank W. Cyr, 95, 'Father of the Yellow School Bus'

Frank W. Cyr, the professor emeritus of rural education at Teachers College who was known as the "Father of the Yellow School Bus," died Aug. 1 at a nursing home in Stamford, New York. He was 95 years old.

In April, 1939, Cyr organized a conference at Teachers College that drew transportation officials from each of the then 48 states, as well as specialists from school-bus manufacturing and paint companies. At that conference, funded by a $5,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, the participants established national school-bus construction standards, including the standard color of yellow for the school bus.

Cyr, however, always thought the color was more orange than yellow.

The color was selected because black letter on that hue was easiest to see in the semi-darkness of early morning and late afternoon.

It became known officially as "National School Bus Chrome." The formula for the color is on file with the National Bureau of Standards.

Until the 1939 conference, there were no standards for the construction of school buses. In 1937, Cyr began a study of school transportation and found that children were riding to school in all kinds of vehicles, including trucks and buses of all different colors (one district, hoping to instill patriotism in the children, painted their buses red, white and blue). In Kansas, Cyr found one district that transported children to school in horse-drawn wheat wagons.

Thanks for the comebacks,    Posted 10-05-2004 at 17:02:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you everyone for the information, Bob

deadcarp    Posted 10-05-2004 at 16:48:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think this is the only country i was ever in that has yellow busses. and identical mailboxes. australian schoolyards are frequented by any-colored tour busses and might have a creamcan mailbox. their students wear uniforms though. and you don't have to wear a shirt no matter what your gender. :)

Lazy Al    Posted 10-05-2004 at 14:52:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
The ones I started school in were red white and blue . I don't have a picture though .

FlashBack !!    Posted 10-05-2004 at 12:57:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
an green an purble and mauve an orang an, look at all the purty lights.

Melanie    Posted 10-05-2004 at 12:32:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
wasn't the Partridge Family in a red, etc. bus?

Salmoneye    Posted 10-05-2004 at 12:22:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is the only reference I can find...


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