Look Back: Service cars' last run, 1965
Date: 11/23/2011 Album ID: 1367417
Photos by St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff
by Tim O'Neil --- Before World War II, almost 500 service cars plied St. Louis and its surrounding suburbs, charging five-cent fares. Cabbies and streetcar motormen loathed service cars because they siphoned customers and clogged downtown corners. Bus company executives called them "parasites." The last runs were scheduled for the morning of Nov. 30, 1965.