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On Time All the Time: 1921

On Time All the Time: 1921

October 1921. Frederick, Maryland. "Washington Herald tours -- Duplex truck, Frederick Fair." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


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What a Drag

In the 'Alternate View', the vehicle appears to have a 'drag' attached by chains.
A drag is used to level the ruts in an unpaved road, or to eliminate vehicle tracks for film production. In the depicted instance, I suspect that the drag was used in an equestrian arena. The drag shown here has had brush cuttings attached to its trailing edge, probably to produce a smooth, photogenic surface devoid of the characteristic small ridges that remain behind the drag.


In addition to a fleet of Duplex buses used by the Washington Rapid Transit Company, which can be seen here, there was also a platoon of Duplex trucks on duty with the Washington branch of the Post Office Department. One of these trucks is below along with an ad for the fair from the Adams County Independent in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, and a summary of the gate receipts from the Catoctin Clarion in Mechanicstown, Maryland.

Duplex Limited

An alternate view, and a newspaper ad from 1922. Click to embiggen:

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