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Modern Moving: 1926

Modern Moving: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "National Capital Storage & Moving Co." At 52 N Street N.E., the Witt-Will motor truck garage last seen here. This older-generation van wears solid rubber tires, acetylene-gas headlamps and at least one repaint. 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Company. View full size.


Holes Through the Front Tires

The front solid-rubber tires have transverse holes through them. The purpose of the holes is to allow some "give" to the tire and also, allegedly, to cool the tire.

You can imagine what it's like to ride a solid-tire truck on cobblestones, bricks, or Belgian paving blocks !

Note that this truck has no front wheel brakes !!!

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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