Thursday, April 28, 2011

United States Express Truck

Today's picture was taken in about 1910, and it shows men loading a cabinet onto a United States Express Company truck. I guess this was before the day of loading docks, as the men are lifting it by hand. I believe the truck is parked at the Bureau of Printing in Washington DC.


  1. I don't mean to correct you, but they had loading docks back when they used just horse and wagons.
    That truck looks like they took a wagon and stuck a motor under it and called it a "truck".
    Notice the big heavy chain drive on the rear wheels.

  2. Looks like delivery of a safe. Must be empty - no guards to be seen.

  3. Holy cow it looks like a little covered wagon, XD.

  4. I wonder where there might be a collection of old trucks. My grandpa had a black pickup when I was around 10 yrs old. It was well used and had some age on it, but, I loved to sit in the driver's seat and pretend to be going somewere. The stick-shift was awesome and I remember the footpeddles were metal. Such memories!!!

  5. No forklift or automated liftgate. Also, I don't see a handtruck (dolly). Work was harder back then.