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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

The Paddy Wagon: 1919

The Paddy Wagon: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Franklin Motor Car Co. police van." The latest in law enforcement. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Something missing

I wondered what the large circle on the front of the truck was. It looks like something was missing or removed. A quick Google revealed this:

"Paddy", he sez

A term used to describe either the occupants or the operators.

This old Irish cop preferred the term "prisoner transport', but the difference was lost on the young constables.

Worra, worra.

Confused

I always thought Franklin only made idiosyncratic luxury cars with air-cooled engines and wood-reinforced frames, so this truck was a surprise. Doing a little research, I found a 1915 ad for the Franklin Commercial Car Company showing what looks like this truck minus the 'police' bodywork and mentioning its air-cooled engine, which leads me to believe it was in fact a product of the Franklin Motor Car Company (as stated). But I'm blowed if I can find any mention of trucks in the FMCC's history on line. Can one of Shorpy's resident experts relieve my confusion?

[Trucks were produced by Franklin's Commercial Division. -tterrace]

A common question amongst passengers

Anybuddy gat a knife?

 
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