Growing up in the north suburbs of Boston in the 1930s, young Bob Redden saved his money so he could buy film for his camera. That film was used to record the suburban buses around Boston such as Greyhound’s new Yellow Coach 719 models, plus occasional city transit buses and trolley buses. As time went on, Bob Redden’s expertise with his camera grew and his photography area expanded to include all of the United States and Canada plus several foreign countries.
Often credited with being the “Dean of Bus Photographers,” Redden’s photos regularly appear in numerous bus publications and have graced hundreds of magazine covers. In addition, Redden’s photography has been used for publicity, advertising and bus industry literature.
Redden’s bus photography had long only been available as individual photos or in published form. Because of the increasing use of computers and numerous requests, Redden took an earlier effort and both improved and expanded it to create and offer a unique CD ROM with bus images.
Now more than 7,000 photos have been selected from Redden’s impressive photo archives. Chronologically, the photos cover an extremely wide range from the 1910 era through 2000. Most were taken by Bob Redden and most of the newer images are in full color. The range of buses is also extremely wide including Greyhound, Trailways, current bus operators and buses from companies which have fallen by the wayside. Also included are city transit buses, unique buses, as well as a few buses from other countries.
The photos have been scanned in higher resolution in JPEG format and most have a width of 11 inches. Quality is good enough so that the photos can be framed and mounted if printed on higher quality paper. The photos can also be imported into many programs and used on letterhead, business cards, brochures and similar graphics applications. If you have appropriate photography software, you can also modify the photos for use on the internet.