Around 400 types of government and private bus tickets with the oldest one dating back to 1945 – are on display at a three-day exhibition of old newspapers, watches, postal stamps, currencies and others here.
Organised by the Tiruchirappalli Notaphily Society, the exhibition is being held at Sreenivasa Hall on the Williams Road. There are over 50 stalls. A stall displaying the evolution of bus tickets since the pre-Independence era is attracting the attention of visitors. Displayed by one S Swaminathan of Puthur, Trichy ,bus ticket issued in 1945 for a passenger commuted in Ramavilas Bus Service in Kumbakonam town in Thanjavur district is among the oldest.
Apart from the collections of private bus services, including TVS Southern Roadways, that were active in 1960s and the government bus tickets in 1950s, the stall also displayed rare and unique bus tickets with palindrome series and strobogrammatic number (appears same when rotated 180 degrees).
“I have a collection of 82,000 bus tickets of which only 400 are displayed. Besides printed bus tickets, handwritten bus tickets and tickets of erstwhile Cheran, Pandian, Pallavan, and Anna bus services are also available for public view,” S Swaminathan said