Does anyone know which chassis and body combination this bus from circa late 1940's-early 1950's is? Obviously, I can't tell because the Bus had been repainted a different color by the time this black and white photo had been taken.
Judging from its rubrails, it may possibly have a Ward body (no way to really figure out the chassis manufacturer from this photo, but IHC, GM, and Ford are possible...along with several other manufacturers).
This bus is probably from the 1940s; while more modern than a 1930s bus, its forward-control design still places the front axle forward of the entry door (it likely uses a "COE" truck chassis).
Following the introduction of the All American (which entered full-scale production in 1950), manufacturers began to shift the front axles of transit-style buses (with front-mounted engines) behind the entry doors.