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Jurassic Truck: 1922

Jurassic Truck: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Fageol truck on construction ramp." Flintstones-era dumper with solid rubber tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

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Interesting story about Fageol Motors, which was founded in 1916 in Oakland, California by the Fageol brothers. The company made trucks, buses and farm tractors. In 1921 they were the first company to build a bus from the ground up. They made a very high quality vehicle, but unfortunately, like so many companies of the time, couldn't survive the depression and were sold into receivership. In 1938, T. A. Peterman bought the factory and its contents. In 1939, the first Peterbilt was produced in the Fageol tradition of building the best possible product. They've been making them ever since.

Quite the radiator statement

I wonder how many speeds this truck has?

Shifty Character

I wonder how many gears it has.


The placement and orientation of the buildings and utility poles seem to indicate the ramp is erected over the roadway of a downhill city street. What sort of project might this be, I wonder?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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