Martha’s Vineyard Jitney – Woody Wagon

Here’s another classic truck-based, woody wagon, or often referred to as a jitney. This commercial woody was built around the time that the depot hack was becoming the station wagon, and is typical of the last wood-bodied public transportation. This jitney is believed to be a Reo Speedwagon from around 1925-1928. The photo comes from Martha’s Vineyard in 1935. The jitney appears to have a classic Mifflinburg body, or maybe an early York commercial body that was painted/stained in one overall tone. It featured five rows of seating with access doors only on the curbside. For many years prior to WW-II, jitneys were used to transport island guests between the ferry terminals and summer homes or hotels on the island. This one is obviously a fair-weather jitney, as it has no protection from the elements, although screen clips on the pillars are visible. The sole female passenger certainly looks happy to be riding along.

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