Thursday, June 17, 2010

Delivery Wagon

Good Thursday morning to you all. Today I am pleased to show this picture of an old delivery wagon. The picture was taken in 1911. I had not seen pictures of wagons like this before. Most wagons are open in the back, so not exactly sure what this one was used for.

12 comments:

  1. Is that a flower vase on the side? This is a pretty fancy get-up, with the little window on the side and the driver all dressed in white. That's also a very handsome horse.

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  2. maybe it's brand new and just came out of the shop. the side is sure shiny.

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  3. I have a photo of my grandfather when he was a young man standing infront of the wagon he used to deliver milk. That wagon looked very much like the one in the above photo.

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  4. I agree with Leoal, it sure looks like a hearse. There is some writing on the side that I can't make out. Maybe someone with better eyes and/or computer screen can decipher it.

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  5. It is posible it was a hearse, although it looks a bit short (from this angle, at any rate) and too high. Generally, turn of the century hearses had lots of glass, often etched, so people could admire the fancy casket. Because there was no penicillin, etc., an epidemic could wipe out entire families, and some hearses were double-decker, built to hold two coffins. Hearses meant to carry children and young women (maternal mortality rates were still high) were white, while men and older people rode to the cemetary in black.

    And on THAT cheerful note - my guess is that this is a grocery or bakery delivery wagon. The driver would have been dresssed in white to imply the purity of the goods inside. A closed wagon would have helped keep flys, etc., from the contents. But not much, since the front appears to be open!

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  6. I agree with LADY ANNE.
    There would be no need for it to be so tall if it was carring a casket,
    And the dressed in white makes me think food of some type.

    I noticed it is also has a weight (that is it on the floor board to the driver left) to hook to the horses reins. Indicating that it would make stops where there were no hitching posts.

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  7. I also cannot make out the lettering on the side. I tend to think it might be a laundry service. The open cargo area makes any sort of edibles unlikely. I also think that a hearse is unlikely due to the height and length of the wagon. The white suit says laundry to me.

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  8. oh, and why is the horse crossing its back legs? Is he trying to "hold it" until after the picture? ;)

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  9. The side of the wagon reads, "The Tolman Laundry." And the driver has the letter "T" on his collar.

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  10. that is a very STOUT horse, and quite good sized, they dont make em like that anymore, he hee,,
    oldbear !

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  11. The rural delivery system used to use wagons very similar to these also. And the horse is a MORGAN horse and yes, they DO make them like this. We raise them. Western Working family of Morgans. Morgans are first class carriage horses although most are ridden today.

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