01/10/14 125 W, 7 I - + 11 - 3 Vintage Ambulance Ads

For your Friday viewing pleasure, here are some vintage ambulance service advertisements and phone book lists, from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s. That was a period of change in Raleigh and Wake County, as funeral home ambulance service was fading and private ambulance companies and public rescue squad services were forming. For more of these, visit the History of  EMS in Wake County Facebook page, and this photo album of vintage ads.

City directory listings, left to right are three from 1963 (funeral ones) and one from 1975 (Beacon Ambulance Service). Click to enlarge:

Phone book listings, left to right are 1964 (listing funeral homes exclusively) and two from 1970 (with ambulance services and rescue squads added). Click to enlarge:

Sometime in the mid-70s, one of the ambulance companies placed a line in their Yellow Pages ad that said “Cadillac ambulance available”. That was about the time everyone was going to vans and modular. Can’t remember the name of the company- may have been in Durham. There were several around back in the 70s and 80s.
DJ - 01/10/14 - 09:33

DJ, it was Beacon. It’s at the bottom of the yellow ad posted above on the far right.
Jason Thompson (Email) (Web Site) - 01/10/14 - 19:47

JT- I see that. There was another one, because the one that I am thinking about had a front on view of a Cadillac and the “Cadillac ambulance available” was under the picture. Plus there were the usual “24 hour radio dispatched” and there was also a caption for “anywhere, any time”. I really think the one I am thinking about was in Durham. Seems like there were a bunch of services over there even after Durham Hospital Corporation took over EMS in the 70s.

As a long time EMSer, I would be curious to see how many private ambulance services there have been in the greater Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area since the 70s.
DJ - 01/11/14 - 22:17

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