Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Traveling in Style



This looks like the most posh travel set up we have seen yet. The picture was taken in 1937 and shows a nice car and trailer. Who would have been traveling in such style during the great depression . . . oops, look at the emblem on the door, it appears to be a US government vehicle. Oh well, as least some people had what they needed during the dust bowl.

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  1. That is an very interesting hitch system they have there.
    It appears to be attached to the car right behind the rear window and not to the bumper.
    Can anyone tell me more about that type of system?
    Or did that car come that way?

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  2. That is called a goose-neck hitch. The advantage to it is better handling, stability and backing. What is really unusual here is the fact that it is mounted on a car. These days, virtually all of this system are found on pickups.

    It would seem that the government special ordered this arrangement because the medical staff probably would have great difficulty maneuvering the rig when setting up at their stops. My guess is that this was a federal rural medical program.

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  3. Yes, I guess I know the goose neck system for pick-ups and small flat bed trucks, but I never saw one on a car before.
    I wonder how many rear windows were broken before they got the hand of hooking up to them?

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  4. The woman appears to be a nurse and the white coat on the man means he's probably a doctor. I think the trailer was an early mobile medical clinic. I wonder what part of the country they serviced.

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  5. Does the top of the trainer pop off and double as a giant canoe?

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  6. That trailer is pee-oh-ess-aych POSH.

    Wonder what they were carrying around in it? Kids?

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  7. Definitely a doctor and nurse, back in the days when nurses looked like nurses, and not orderlies. (Man, I wish they're bring back white uniforms!) If this was taken during the Depression, it would have been one of many public services Roosevelt put into place to keep the people of the country healthy, and - like the Civilian Conservation Corps - employed, rather than on the dole.

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  8. Nowadays those WPA and CCC jobs would be fought against by the labor unions.

    John

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  9. Yes, a doctor and a nurse with a travelling clinic.

    I like the car.

    Dadd, 55, sunny, low humidity and NO SNOW!

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  10. Looks to me like an old Chevy Coupe..maybe a 1939, although there are a number of Coupes that look a whole lot alike.

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  11. Michael, seems one of you is wrong, picture taken in 1937, car 1939 Chevy, my thoughts it's a bigger car, maybe Pontiac, or Buick early 1940's era.

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  12. The white uniforms do not look good on men.

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  13. The car is a 1937 Pontiac Delux 6. Also, would have been available in an 8 cyl. car, the Delux 8. Looks like the government saved some money in buying the 6 cyl. instead of the 8. I bet the driver wished for the power of the 8, though.
    Picture is of the U.S. Public Health Svc. Don't know when taken. Steve K.

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  14. That car looks a lot more powerful than the one on yesterday's photo, but seems to not have much more passenger space...

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  15. Ah, David, RN! Klinger always looked pretty sharp in his white uniform. Seriously, we had a dear, dear friend, also named David, who became a nurse when he was in his early 50s. He used to joke that he had to hurry to get a degree before he went completely bald and he wouldn't have any curls to hold his cap.

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  16. The WPA and CCC were socialist "make work" programs. THe exact type programs the present White House occupant proposes.
    "SOCIAL" Security, and Medicare are also socialist programs.
    FDR was the first Socialist PResident.
    No argument.

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