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Were buses used for public transportation in the 1920s? Specifically in Poland/Eastern Europe?

Asked by ezraglenn (3497points) March 4th, 2008

I know this sounds extremely random. Im writing a family history (partially fabricated) based on Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children for an English Class, and my Grandfather was born in Poland in 1926. I need to know if he could’ve been born on a public bus, to symbolize how he spent the rest of his life in motion.

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I spent a bit of time on this and can not unequivocally say yes.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krak%C3%B3w#18th_and_early_19th_century

Kraków had electric trams by 1901 and buses preceded trams in other nearby countries, they also were used to shuttle people to trams.

A place called Winton in the UK had significant history of their public transportation that would indicate yes. There was also a reference to buses of refugees from Poland during the German invasion of that time frame.

So I believe it is safe to say a baby could have been born on a bus. You might also consider him being born on a train or tram.

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