Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Old Dump Trucks



Today's picture is from about 1910. It shows three old dump trucks. The sign on the building and on the trucks reads "S. M. Frazier". I am not sure what kind of business it was.

12 comments:

  1. The middle truck says 'building materials' and the one on the right says 'wood co.' Since dump trucks would be odd for a lumber yard, they must have been suppliers of gravel and dirt, too.

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  2. thanks for the great pictures this is my favorite week to date and ive been here for a long time. (this site that is).

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  3. This has been a favorite week too. Would like to see some early oil field gin pole trucks.

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  4. The truck on the right actually says "S.M. Frazier, Anacostia, D.C., Wood, Coal, and Building Material."

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  5. What do you mean "old". Those were very new dump trucks.
    I love the look of being a the front 1/2 of a street car with a dump box behind it.
    It looks like the steering wheel was on the Right side of the cab. I wonder when the USA started putting the steering wheel on the left side?
    I wonder what the driving force that lifted the box up was? I don't think they had hydraulic cylinders back then.
    I love the chain drives for the rear axle and the rear dual wheels.

    Great photo!!

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  6. S.M Frazier was a Coal and Wood dealer with an address of 2 Monroe St. in Anacostia DC

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  7. Great photos. I never gave thought to early dump trucks and it is a pleasant surprise to see them. I would like to see some, even sit behind the wheel. Especially enjoying this week.

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  8. I suspect that the bed was lifted by some screw/shuttle system driven by a power take off on the transmission. If this is correct, the screw would drive the shuttle along a track. A lever would be attached to the shuttle and at point in the front-middle of the bed. As the screw turned, the shuttle would push forward on the lever which would cause the front of the bed to rise.

    That is a rather simplistic description of the system, but it has been applied to other cases similar to this one.

    Another good week, PJM

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  9. How awesome! I bet my husband would love to tinker on one of these.

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  10. I have looked long and hard at this picture, and it looks like the back tires are grooved to ride along the top of a railroad rail. It looks like the front wheels are a lot closer together than the back wheels, and would fit between the rails. I have never heard of this before, but it sure looks like it. Also, the "trucks" almost look like rebuilt trolley cars.

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  11. "SM Frazier director SM Frazier is a local retail coal dealer and handles building material located at No 2 Nichols Avenue Anacostia"

    - Publication of production and profits in coal

    United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Manufactures

    1921

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  12. I have to disagree with Kenny D. I belive the rear wheels are actually two wheels next to each other, for higher payload capacity, very much like todays small trucks. Imagine what the ride would feel like if the front wheels were to ride between the rails on the ties !!

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