What Color Were Those Streetcars?
I don't have a complete answer to this question, but what I have learned so far places 1940's Columbus' streetcars among the most colorful of streetcars.
During some part of the horsecar era each car was permanently assigned to a route. Each route had its own color. For example the High Street horsecars were painted white. That was one way the passengers know which car to take.
Colored postcards from the 1910 era show a two tone scheme brown-yellow with possibly a dark green. In 1926 when the 701-723 Kuhlman cars were purchased they were painted OSU scarlet and gray. That was changed to the traction orange (Cadmium Yellow) and chromium yellow with maroon window sash and stripes seen at the end of the streetcar era. Here are some color slides from the AJC Collection that show Columbus' colorful streetcars. Unfortunately the slide colors have faded over the last 60 years making it uncertain as to the exact shade of orange, yellow and maroon. The photos are from the time when the Columbus & Southern Ohio Electric Co. owned and operated the streetcar system.
Any information readers have about color would be much appreciated. Send your comments to email@example.com .
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