1952 Federal 45M Truck Tractor, Used by Cole's Express

Date:
1952
Creator:
Federal Motor Truck Company

When this truck was new, about 120,000 tractor-trailers traveled the roads. By 2000, there were over two million. New interstate highways helped long-haul trucks dominate the freight business. Americans developed a romantic image of truckers as modern cowboys roaming concrete trails, speaking their own language on CB radios. Drivers became heroes of movies and music. But real truck driving is demanding, sometimes dangerous, and often boring work.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
88.381.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Galen L. Cole.

Electric Truck

Date:
c. 1910

This battery-powered electric truck was built by the General Vehicle Company about 1910. It was used in Lancaster until 1948.This truck was slow and limited in its range, but it could haul heavy loads. Its batteries had to be recharged every night. The batteries were located in the box between the wheels.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania

Fire Engine

Soft coal, transformed into coke, was primarily used to fuel blast furnaces. It was also used to extensively to fire locomotives and other steam engines like this fire engine.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania