1953: TRENTON STORES WERE OPEN 'TILL 9 PM ON THURSDAYS
What pleasant memories I have of downtown Trenton during this era when I was a young boy of 18 or 19. You are looking at a photo of a Trenton Transit bus at the corner of West State and North Warren Streets picking up home-bound passengers during those years when Trenton was alive and vital. Subsequently, the malls, white flight, and social upheavals in the 1960's resulted in the demise of what was once a lively shopping center. Had you walked back along that sidewalk to State and Broad Streets on the night this photo was taken, I would bet that you would see officer Chet Hughes directing traffic, and there would be a blue 1940 DeSoto waiting to pick up my fiance' Judy Britton as she left her "Infant's Wear" job at Yard's.
If you look closely, you can see the Hotel Hildebrecht, The "Colony" restaurant, and the Western Union office in the background.
HI TOM...THAT'S A GREAT SHOT OF HOW CROWDED THOSE BUSES WERE DOWN TOWN. WE USED THOSE SAME BUSES TO GET OUT ON OUR ROUTES WHILE I WORKED AS A LETTER CARRIER. CAN YOU IMAGINE TRYING TO GET ON A BUS WHILE LOADED DOWN WITH A BAG FULL OF MAIL. THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT IT WAS WE GOT A BUS PASS AT HALF PRICE. DURING THE 40'S AND 50'S TRENTON TRANSIT DID A GREAT JOB IN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. REGARDS.