Beautifully engraved certificate from the New York City Omnibus Corporation issued in 1937. This historic document was printed by the Hamilton Banknote Company and has an ornate border around it with a vignette of a Native American looking back towards metropolitan New York City. This item has the printed signatures of the Company’s President, and Secretary, and is over 74 years old.
The New York City Omnibus Corporation (later Fifth Avenue Coach Lines) was formed in 1926. It ran new bus services that replaced the New York Railways Corporation streetcars when they were dismantled in 1935/36.It purchased the Fifth Avenue Coach Company from The Omnibus Corporation in 1954 and renamed itself the 'Fifth Avenue Coach Lines' in 1956. The company introduced new bus lines to replace the streetcar lines being withdrawn by the New York Railways Corporation in 1935/36 which The Omnibus Corporation also owned.
In 1954 the company purchased the Fifth Avenue Coach Company from The Omnibus Corporation and renamed itself the 'Fifth Avenue Coach Lines' in 1956.
The company went bankrupt in 1962 and the services were taken over by the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority.
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