Hauling Through History


A little bit back, I gave you a look through the pages of a long-forgotten book,  “American Trucking, a 75-Year Odyssey,” by Robert M. Roll. It was  published 30 years ago and it’s still a treat. Here’s a couple more images for all of us who remember this industry’s past so fondly.

This one kind of expresses what Hemmings could become some day, you never know, a home for presentation and retrospective on transport history in  all its forms.  Let’s peg this image at the mid-1950s. It shows a  straight-frame Ford COE operated  by Gordons – no apostrophe – on the  waterfront in Mobile, Alabama. Gordons was a big mid-South firm based in Memphis. I’ve never been to Mobile but this salty scene makes me want to get there.

That outgrowth spreading from the cab of this 1948 GMC cabover is a  homemade fuel tank. Imagine trying to get his on the roads today. The sheetmetal work was performed in the shops of John F. Ivory, a major  household-goods mover that ran out of Detroit for many years. The founder’s son, Jack Ivory, who passed away in 2004, was incidentally a world-ranked polo player. 

Also from Detroit is this 1933 view of the way new cars were  delivered in lots of four, which was a very big deal back then. The cars  are Dodges. The truck tractor, operated by Square Deal Cartage of  Detroit, is likewise a Dodge, gasoline fueled. Changes in federal  overall-length laws eventually rendered combinations like this one obsolete.


Donnelly, J. (2009, November 5). Hauling through history. Retrieved from Hemmings Daily: https://www.hemmings.com/blog/2009/11/05/hauling-through-history/

In the early 1920s, over-the-road auto transporters proved an economical  alternative to railway shipping. Since then, auto transport trucks have  progressed through several stages of evolution, from flat trailers to  ramped double-deckers and streamlined units. This chronological  scrapbook of archival and contemporary photography documents the  evolution of auto transporters over the last 75 years, while  introductory text and detailed captions explain the development of these  vehicles. Truck and automotive enthusiasts will enjoy the wonderful  photography showing haulers from several manufacturers filled with  factory-fresh cars from every American automaker. 

I could not read the information to give the appropriate APA citation so the picture to the right is the cover to the book.  It was an interesting read.  So I wanted to give it a plug as finding history in this industry is not easy.  Enjoy