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Some systems did not have tight clearances and did not need window bars. On single ended cars window bars were needed only on the left side.   Window bars made washing the windows difficult. The window washers would wash the top of the window, then go inside the car and raise all the windows all the way up.  Then they could go back outside and wash the lower half of the window, which was now above the bars. This resulted in it taking a lot of time to wash the windows.  In this area the companies screwed blocks inside the window track that would let the windows only go up about three inches.  Then the window bars could be removed. 

I do not have an answer as to when windows on Brooklyn trolley cars were barred. There does not appear to be any record of laws / rules requiring barred windows on trolley cars. However, by looking at dated pictures of Brooklyn trolley cars, barred windows were not consistently found, and they were not on PCC cars. My guess is barred windows date back to the early 1930s on Brooklyn cars.

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