Learn about Streetcars in the 1930's, 1940's and 1950's through a Grandparent's memories below.

(Did you grow up in the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's?  Send us your memories of Streetcars and help build the library!)


~ Robert (b. 1924) ~

"It happened in 1933 when I was 9, living in San Francisco. One morning on my way to school, I came to an intersection on busy Geary Street when a streetcar started to move forward. I did too, thinking I could beat it and get to the other side of the street. The next thing I remembered was being hurtled upwards and came crashing down on the cowcatcher! A "Cowcatcher" is an "inclined metal frame located on the front of the locomotive to push aside cattle or some other article."  I'm lucky the cowcatcher cradled me like a baby rather than pushing me aside --- like cattle."

~ Laverne (b. 1935) ~

"When I was young, streetcars were the only way to get around. But they were dangerous. There was one horrific accident with a truck and many people lost their lives. From that time on there were more regulations but I remember that people were afraid to ride the streetcars."

Did you grow up in the 1930's, 1940's or 1950's?  Do you know someone who did?

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