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S&M Tires: 1920

S&M Tires: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "S&M Tire Co." I can think of a number of possible slogans for this business. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

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Today's Top 5


5,000 mile tires! I'd be buying tires 4 times a year!!


Some selections from the many comments submitted:

"Free set of chains with every purchase!"

"Visit our discount house to-day! (Tire Dungeon, one flight down in basement.)"

"We'll tighten your nuts for free!"

"Can your tires pass the Goodyear Torture Test?"

"No more squealing on curves. Or else!"

"For all your rubber needs!"

"S&M tires. They take a beating!"

Personal Training

This is 1738 14th Street, now the home of a personal training gym, hair salon and tax preparation office. Draw your own conclusions.

S&M Tires

I'm busy compiling a best-of list from the comments submitted so far. Many of which, I gotta say, show a somewhat unsettling familiarity with the concept.

Tires and S & M...

Since a large part of my S&M activities involve rubber, it's good to see that a shop was available 80 years ago for others like me.

S&M Dominates

I'll just start listing them:

We're on our knees begging for your business!

You will drive it home more
When we're on all four!

Nothing else feels
Like our rubber on your wheels!

The safe word is...MORE!

Our tires simply scream
Tread on me, please!

Fit To Be Tied..

...and bound to please!

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