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Transit tickets sure were pretty in 1937

Cool transit find of the week: This Capital Transit Company ticket from exactly 76 years ago, featuring robins and cherry blossoms.

For those keeping score at home, in 1937 it cost $1.25 for a week's worth of unlimited streetcar and bus rides. Adjusted for inflation, that's about $20. For comparison, WMATA weekly passes today go for $16 for a bus-only pass, and a little under $60 for a rail pass.

1937 Capital Transit ticket. Photo by u/stampepk on reddit.

Cross-posted at BeyondDC.

Dan Malouff is a transportation planner for Arlington and professor of geography at George Washington University, but blogs to express personal views. He has a degree in urban planning from the University of Colorado, and lives in NE DC. He runs BeyondDC and contributes to the Washington Post


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Been seeing these on ebay a lot for years, and I'm always astounded by how nice they always look, even in wartime years. I can't really say that I've ever seen a design repeated either!

by Adam P. on Mar 26, 2013 3:01 pm • linkreport

On further searching:

Totally AWESOME link with a full gallery spanning over 25 years!

by Adam P. on Mar 26, 2013 3:04 pm • linkreport

That's weird, in later years (1950s) these changed from weekly passes (allowing unlimited rides for a fixed pass price) to allowing people to ride for only a dime, essentially a discount program -- was the fare 20c at the time?

So they still required people to pay a fare for each trip (discourages riding) and required people to pay (slows down vehicles by requiring transactions), and required printing and distributing passes.

by Michael Perkins on Mar 26, 2013 3:41 pm • linkreport

Cool. Any pictures of the streetcars themselves?

by Chris S. on Mar 26, 2013 5:46 pm • linkreport

You can find plenty of these passes on eBay. I was impressed with the variety and art.

by kob on Mar 26, 2013 9:33 pm • linkreport

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