Here we have, what was then a novelty in journalism, a "pressroom on wheels."


Today, it's nothing new to get our news on the fly thanks to the prevalence of laptops, tablets and smartphones.

Breaking news is posted instantly to the Internet through an ever expanding selection of social media and web sites, but in 1930 a "mobile pressroom" looked a little less high tech!

Here we have, what was then a novelty in journalism, a "pressroom on wheels." This bus was provided by the Pacific Greyhound Lines Inc. to aid newspapermen in covering the two-day Army Air Maneuvers at Mills Field in San Francisco in which the entire first provisional wing of the United States Army Air Corps took part.

According to The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library’s website

‘’Fare-paying passengers were few in the early days of commercial aviation. Thousands came out to the airport, however, to see air shows and attend hangar dances. On such occasions, grandstands were set up and parked cars often lined the highway.’’

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The idea, according to the original photo caption, was that in an event of a wreck, the phone lines could be unplugged and the busses could high-tail it to the crash site.

That's a little less convenient than our pocket-sized smartphones but you've got to work with what you've got!

This photo is part of the Acme photo collection, which the Dispatch library acquired in 1989. The collection became available after the Acme News Agency was bought by Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) and Acme’s Cleveland bureau was shut down.

The photographs cover people and subjects from about 1910 to 1976. The sources of the photos were Acme News Photos, Central Press, International Photo Service, The Cleveland Press, publicity stills and the U.S. government.