SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Trublpruf: 1920

Trublpruf: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Draper window." A display for Lambert Trublpruf solid rubber tires, a business owned by Charles W. Draper. We've seen these earlier at Shorpy on a few trucks. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Changing tires

You wouldn't replace just the rubber as it was bonded to the detachable rim by the manufacturer. The tire/rim assembly could be taken off without removing the entire wheel. The mail truck shown here has detachable rims on the rear and the now more familiar separate tire and rim (seated bead style) on the front.

Incidental Image

The double image of the brickwork along the right side reflected in the glass is oddly imitative of tire tread. Like a great big tire is looming.

Balancing Act

I would bet anything caught in those holes such as a rock or a glob of hard dried mud would wreak havoc on tire balance and shake the heck out of a vehicle.

The Tweel

Airless tires

Modern wider versions of these are used extensively, mostly on Bobcats (skid steer loaders) in areas where there is sharp stuff on the ground.

In north central Ohio, many Amish use them on trailers, since they can't use inflated tires. They also use older diesel tractors (no spark plugs, thus no electricity), with the tires filled with some resilient material, and no valve stems on the tires.


Considering the poor roads and primitive suspensions they had back then, those tires must have made for a pretty bumpy ride.

Everything old is new again

While I agree with 99-thump (appropriately named for the sound of a ice filled tire), the military is gearing up for something similar.

Excellent find, Dave. Love the mechanical photos. Now if I could only get the "Snow Angels" out of my head and get back to work.


Wonder what happened when you parked in mud or snow for a while,
so that the holes on one side of the tire were filled with
solid gunk?

Old idea for new tires

The new airless tires that are presently in production seem to have copied an 80+ year old idea.

[If you mean run-flat tires, those aren't airless, at least not until they go flat. There is something called the tweel (tire+wheel) that is airless, but it's experimental. - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.