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The Taylor Tire Company – Service During Tough Times

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  • The Taylor Tire Company in 1934

The Taylor Tire Company of Lexington, Kentucky opened this new facility, during the trying times at the beginning the Great Depression on November 15, 1930. The organization must have had some strong backing and good management to make it through the next half-a-dozen or more difficult years. The photo above dating from 1934 shows considerable activity at the service facility that was located at East Vine and Southeastern Avenue.

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  • Lube and brake service – Opening day 1930 – Lube and oil service

The changes that can be seen during the years by studying the photos show that the Company first was a dealer for B.F.Goodrich tires in 1930 at its opening. Later in 1934, Taylor was handling Seiberling tires and Pepper Gasolines. By 1937, the year the photo on the right above was taken, the brake-testing machine visible in the left image had been removed, the walls and floor were painted and a more modern lubrication system had been installed. The Photographer’s truck is on the lift in this image.

The photo below dated 1932 shows a weathered early Model A Ford, a popular work truck at the time, doing duty as a mobile tire service truck. Note the air tank mounted behind the cab with the remains of a Pepper Ethel decal on its end. The photos are courtesy of the University of Kentucky. 

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The Western Clippers Designed by Brooks Stevens

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  • One of the late 1930s Western Clippers Designed by Brooks Stevens

Brooks Stevens was one of the most successful and prolific American industrial designers in the pre and post-World War II era. His firm Brooks Stevens Industrial Design produced concepts and visions for everything from coffee pots and kitchenware to the design of the famous Olympian Hiawatha Train for the Milwaukee Railroad in 1947.

We recently covered the Stevens designed Zephyr Land-Yacht (and have found the surviving tractor and talked with its owner and Steven’s Grandson) and would like to continue our coverage with the Western Clippers and its variants. One the Clippers, which is seen here were designed for the Western Publishing Company in Racine, Wisconsin to use as mobile sales rooms.

Seventy-five years after being designed and built, information on the Clippers and the related smaller motor homes is hard to find online. That is were you come in; we would like to ask our readers for help in finding more information about them, if you can direct us to anything covering these streamlined designs please let us know. The photos are courtesy of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

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The Sunday Edition IX – The Pebble Beach Tour – A Hudson Ambulance – A Mystery Car Covered with Serpent Hide – Texas Service Trucks

Most of the old car world is focused on the Monterey Peninsula of California and the many events of the coming week that run in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which takes place a week from today on Sunday August the 17th. Having participated in the event, we thought it would be a good time to share with you what is considered by many to be one of the best parts of the whole experience – The Pebble Beach Tour.

This video produced for the Concours shows you the details of the event last year. This year’s run once again takes a lap around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Raceway before heading back out to the coast for the spectacular twenty-five mile run down Route One to Big Sur and back. Full details and a map can be found at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance website. See Steve Natale’s story, and photos of last years tour here.

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Reader John Fleming sent in this photo of an Alexian Brothers Hospital Ambulance on what appears to be a 1914 Hudson chassis. The automaker offered the standard Model 40 and the larger Model 54 that we assume was used for this vehicle. This Model Six-54 was based on a 135-inch w.b. chassis with a 421 c.i., six cylinder engine, which was more than capable of this type of duty. The health care provider is still in operation, and you can learn the interesting history the Alexian Brothers Hospitals here.

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Franz Goodue of Austria sent along this photo of a very interesting coupe with the main section of the coachwork covered with some form of serpent hide. He relates that on the backside of the photo is a note that it was taken in Berlin, Germany by Friedrich Seidenstucker. Franz would like to know the brand, coachbuilder and the year of the car. Can any of our readers help?

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Reader Robert Sims from Texas sent in this photo of what he believes is a DC-3 being serviced in Texas during the late 1930s. He would like to know more about the air conditioning truck with the unusual fenders that apparently kept a plane like this cool during a layover and also maker of the fueling truck.

The Sunday Edition is for reader contributions, please join in and help us share interesting discoveries with other vintage car enthusiasts. If you have a great photo, know of an excellent video, a mystery or story, contact us here (we will send you and email address for photos) and include your full name so we can credit your submission.

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