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The Velvet Kind: 1920

The Velvet Kind: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Overman Cushion Tire Co., creamery truck." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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It seems that The Velvet Kind was all the rage in this era. There's a window ad for it in the People's Drug at North Capitol & H Street NE; detail below.

And there's a reflection in the display window of the tire shop at 1218 North Capitol.

Garage Doors

Those garage doors are fantastic. There are a few restored buildings in DC that have these kind of doors, but few and far between.

Member of What?

Can anyone make out the logo on the door? All I can read is "Association of." And what is that logo depicting?

["Association of Army-Navy Stores." - Dave]

Overman Cushion tires

Overman was one of the last manufacturers of solid rubber truck tires. The molds were bought by another Ohio company, Canton Bandag. It looks like the old Model 15 White has been hauling coal. Great photo.

Twin tires

On the rear. It looks like double tires on one wheel rim. The only other thing I could figure would be a single tire with a split tread. Anyway, it will start me looking at some other Shorpy pics to see if there are others.

The Velvet Ride

That truck looks battered enough, and those "Cushion Tires" look hard enough that any cream shipped around likely turned to butter, or cheese. Ice cream? The driver had to drive fast to deliver it before it melted, I suppose. Maybe that's why the truck is banged up.

Warm milk, anyone?

What kind of "creamery" could be delivered with no refrigeration? Would there be items "packed in ice" loaded onto the truck bed?

[The "creamery" is a place -- the building where the ice cream is manufactured. In this case the Chapin-Sacks plant at First and M streets N.E. - Dave]


Lots of studs and a bad purple paint job.

Creamy Tires?

From the looks of those solid rubber wheels on that beast, I would think they could "spare" some of their Velvet Cushion Tires for the truck as rolling advertising.

White for Ice Cream

The truck looks like a White of 1920, and has obviously been in use for a while.

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