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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Texaco Tanker: 1925

Texaco Tanker: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Texas Co. Ace truck." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Bulldogs

Those things were durable. I can remember seeing a dump truck version still working on a construction site, surrounded by trucks that were 30-40 years newer, somewhere in Virginia about 1964.

Chain Drive Macks

The old chain drive trucks were very noisy at speed.I grew up in New England and the local coal dealer had a couple of these old chain drive Macks. You could tell they were coming up the street just by the metallic whir of the chain.

Texaco truck

Just remember, you can trust your car, to the man who wears the star.......

Coal

When I was a kid during the 40s on the west side of Chicago, that same type of Mack truck delivered coal to our apartment building. Two men were left behind to shovel the coal down the chute. I got spanked many times for coming home covered in coal dust from playing on the coalpile.

Chain drive dualie

Those old vehicles are so cool. Went to the Charleston, SC fire company museum and did my best to get a good look at how they worked. Wonder if they were noisy?

1922 Mack "Bulldog"

I recently posted this short video of a restored 1922 Mack "Bulldog" truck that I spotted at the entrance to the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, Tennessee, back in March of 2001.

 
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