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Fountain Supplies: 1920

Fountain Supplies: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "A.E. Beitzell & Co. -- Autocar truck." Pneumatic up front, solid rubber in the back. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

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Pneumatic Tires

It's my informed guess that the truck would steer easier with the pneumatic tires on the front , than with solid rubber. The amount of force needed to turn a steering wheel is directly proportional to the amount of tire in direct contact with the road surface . The tread pattern of the pneumatics lessens the amount of direct contact with the road.

Albert Ernest Beitzell

Washington Post, June 13, 1919.

Checona Evans' Non-Intoxicating Ale

A common-sense beverage for persons who buy an article for its merit. Soon to be Named "Evans' Checona Beverage" under Govt. Ruling. A soft drink, but a mighty good and substantial one. Has the real body and flavor.

Leading Dealers in Washington
A.E. Beitzell, Distributor,
210 Tenth St., N.W., Washington

Washington Post, May 29, 1942.

Albert Beitzell Funeral Set for Today.

Funeral service for Albert Ernest Beitzell, for many years a wholesale seafood and liquor merchant in Washington, who died Thursday afternoon in his home, 7316 Alaska Avenue, Northwest, will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Church of the Nativity, 6000 Georgia Avenue Northwest. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Mr. Beitzell, 72, had been a resident of the District for more than 50 years and was a member of the Association of Oldest Inhabitants of Lodge 15, B.P.O.E., and of the Washington Aerie of Eagles.

He was a native of Virginia's northern neck section. On coming here as a young man he entered the seafood business. Later he became a liquor wholesaler engaging in the latter field for 20 years until the advent of prohibition. He never reentered the liquor business but continued as a seafood wholesaler until four years ago when ill health necessitated his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Margaret Beitzell, a son, Albert E. Beitzell, jr., and one daughter, Miss Louise Beitzell, all of Washington.

Put my order in

for some of that FRESH MEAT in the tidy wooden locker by the door.


Is this another electric delivery truck? I have seen a number at Shorpy in a short while, and I never knew there were any until now. Interesting.

[This truck has a radiator and starting crank, so it's not electric. - Dave]

I wonder

whether the pneus were put up front for the benefit of the engine or the driver.

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