First World War trainee women bus conductors pose for the camera with B-type buses.
Photographed by E Milner, 1916 - 1919
Image no: U40138
Inventory no: 1998/36703
20th Century London caption: After initial training, new recruits were taken out onto the road for practical instruction. This photo shows a group of First World War women recruits posing around a line-up of B-type buses. The bus drivers are all men. Some of the women can be seen wearing ticket punches across their shoulders, but very few are wearing uniforms. When the bus companies finally decided to take on women in 1916, it recruited large numbers quite quickly. It is possible that this caused an initial shortage of uniforms.