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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Nash on Nails: 1922

Nash on Nails: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Lee Tire Co. test." The tire to get if you plan on driving over dozens of nails simultaneously. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Lee of Conshohocken

Lee Tires of Conshohocken, Pa was acquired by Goodyear and the brand name may still exist. My dad had a 1923 Nash and I'm pretty sure he would have never attempted this, no matter how closely space the spikes were.

Gnashing their teeth

I'll bet the Lee Tire people were anxiously awaiting the positive outcome if this test.

Making a Point

Here is the story, from the June 1922 issue of Printers' Ink. Click to enlarge:

How the trick works

Note that the nails are spaced very closely together. The spacing means that the amount of weight on any particular nail is fairly light, not enough to cause the nail to puncture the tire. It's the same concept used when people lie on beds of nails.

 
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