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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Tires Half Off: 1920

Tires Half Off: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Amalgamated Tire stores, front." Our second glimpse of this fine establishment. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

White rubber tires?

I've often wondered whether the old plates were responsive to near-infrared light, especially since all the tires in this photo appear near-white.

Carbon black was incorporated into rubber compounds in 1910, mainly to improve wear resistance. Maybe these tires are examples of the hold-over design, hence the discount prices.

From what I can see:

Those tires are 100% off.

I'd love to see the bicycles those went on

Oh, wait, those are car tires!

Tire Glut

I'm wondering if this is evidence of the worldwide drop in the price of rubber, which led to huge inventories purchased earlier at a much higher price; in 1921, Goodyear was completely restructured and almost went belly-up as a result.

 
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