Streetcars had two people in uniform when in operation. The operator stood in the center of the front, and drove the vehicle. The conductor stood in the rear and took the fare and dispensed transfers, small papers allowing a passenger to continue for the same fare on a connecting bus or streetcar. All boarding was done in the rear, and the front was the preferred exit point.
The seats were arranged with long bench seating facing the aisle on both sides of the front and the rear. Seating between these benches that each held three people were double seats facing forward. At the end of the line the workers change position, and as they walked the aisle, they pulled small handles which caused the back of the forward-facing seats to move so the seat reversed its direction. The seats were polished wooded slats, so thickness and weight were of no concern.
In the fifties the “screen” was still in use. It was a movable wooden sign that set in two holes in the back of a seat. This was to separate the races. The screen could never be placed past the last seat, nor ahead of the first seat.
Straps and rails overhead were for those who could not sit, since more passengers than seats were often carried.
A rope ran on the walls above the seats on both sides. This activated a buzzer when pulled, alerting the driver someone wanted to exit at the next stop.
Small plastic holders were placed on the walls, with small “Rider’s Digest” reading material.