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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Herr Dump Car: 1925

Herr Dump Car: 1925

"Herr Dump Car Mfg. Co., 1925." A new sidewalk in Washington, or the capital's Maryland suburbs. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

I'm not so sure it's a sidewalk

I seem to remember lots of old two-lane roads in the Maryland suburbs during the 40s and 50s that were blacktop in the center, with concrete strips, about the width of the strip being poured in the picture, running along the outer margins of the blacktop--presumably because asphalt would have crumbled at the outside edges from wheel pressure, especially in hot weather. Bet you that's what's going on here.

Balance

I was looking for a counterbalance when I noticed the rear wheels are farther apart than the front. Keeps it from tipping.

Pullar vs. Herr

The Pullar dump wagon dumps off the back of the vehicle, like a modern dump truck. Abraham Herr's dump car dumps off the side...

Patented

US Patent number 1487201, filed April 24, 1919.

[Also 1416975. - Dave]

 
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