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Workhorse: 1912

Workhorse: 1912

Washington, 1912. "Woodward & Lothrop department store trucks." A detailed look at an early motor truck. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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I still mourn the loss of Woodies. Even more so when I think of the possibility of getting clothing delivered via this truck!


There appears to be a footpad mounted above the front spring mount. Those solid tires must have made for a rough ride.


Probably is a stupid question but how does one go about getting into the driver's seat? Stand on the wheel? It doesn't look very accessible.

Still on the road in the Forties

I was watching an episode of Trains and Locomotives this past weekend. The scenes were in NYC between 1942 and 1947. One of these trucks, with Macy's name on it, trundled by.

10th & 11th, F & G NW

The detailing on the building shows that this is indeed the magnificent Woodward & Lothrop building at the address on the truck. The building and this photo have outlasted the store--and, presumably, the truck.

11th Street

This shot appears to be taken on 11th Street facing north, just below G Street. The distinctive wrought iron of the Woodies building gives it away.

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