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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Worm Drive: 1919

Worm Drive: 1919

"K & W Tire Co., Rainier truck." 1919. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. "Under the name of the K-W. Tire Company, William A. Ward and W. Killeen have opened a distributing agency in Washington for Pennsylvania vacuum cup tires and ton-tested tubes at 924 14th Street N.W."

 

Worm's Still Driving

Thanks for posting the old photo and the info on Rainier trucks. I know of a 1916 Rainier truck that is still running, only about 15 mph but not bad for a 98 year old.

Rainier motor truck,

The Washington Post, Feb 8 1920

Here for Rainier Truck

William P. Killeen Made in Expert in Field of War Work

William P. Killeen, who has been engaged in the trucking business in Washington, has entered the motor truck field. He is now the local representative for the Rainier motor truck, which is built in New York. This truck, which is of the worm drive type, is built of the units that have become recognized from the wide use as standard and is supplied in several ton sizes.

During the period of the war when the government was erecting temporary buildings to house the additions to the various departments Mr. Killeen was the trucking contractor in charge of the delivery of material to all the buildings and had consequent opportunity of familiarizing himself with the various make trucks on the job.


Agents for Oldfield Tire

K.W. Tire Company Appointed Distributers for Washington

The K.W. Tire Company has been appointed distributers in Washington and vicinity for the Oldfield tire. This tire bears the name of Barney Oldfield, long known as one of America's oldest and most famous racing drivers. It is the result of his many years' experience behind the wheel or racing cars on board, brick and dirt tracks.

During his racing days it was the habit of Oldfield to save all tires which were blown out in racing and examine them to determine what caused the accident. His observations and experience in overcoming the defects and faults of tire construction are embodied in his new product. The tire is built, in fabric and cord, in all popular sizes.

Another Nice Mess...

About a decade off, I know, but my first thought was: setup for a Laurel & Hardy gag.

 
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