Carpenter-Dodge School Bus, 1939

Description
This bus carried rural children to the Martinsburg, Indiana school in the 1940s. Busing enabled children to attend consolidated schools, which were larger than one-room schools and had better curricula, teachers, and facilities. All-steel school buses like this one were safer than earlier school buses, which had wooden bodies. The paint color, double deep orange, was common at the time, but yellow later became the standard color for school buses. This body was built by Carpenter Body Works of Mitchell, Indiana in 1936 and later was attached to a 1939 Dodge chassis.
Object Name
Carpenter/ Dodge school bus
bus, school
date made
ca 1936-1939
used date
1936-1946
maker
Carpenter Body Works, Inc.
Dodge Manufacturing Company
Measurements
overall: 8 11/16 ft x 7 15/16 ft x 22 11/16 ft; 2.6414 m x 2.4128 m x 6.9086 m
Associated Place
United States: Indiana
ID Number
1982.0600.01
accession number
1982.0600
catalog number
1982.0600.01
subject
Transportation
Road Transportation
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Road Transportation
Exhibition
America on the Move
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Donated by Carpenter Body Works, Inc.

Visitor Comments

1/21/2013 10:25:40 PM
charter bus
This is a great picture with a great history behind it. I always appreciate learning and finding out more about how things were used to be.
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