It does not seem that long ago that milk, eggs and baked goods were delivered right to our homes every day. The Walker electric truck, above, photographed in 1938 and the wagon below from 1933 were both tried and true ways to get the job done. Walker was the longest lived manufacturer of electric vehicles in the United States, starting up during the type’s heyday in 1906 and hanging on until 1942. The Chicago-based manufacturer made a brief foray into the field of gas-electrics in their early days but had much more success with their Dyna-Motive introduced in 1936.
Using a horse to haul the goods predates the earliest of Walker’s trucks by quite a few years. It was the one and only method of heavy city drayage when David H. Dugan started his business on a pushcart in Brooklyn, New York in 1878. While motor trucks were in widespread use by late thirties, they were probably less sure-footed in the snow than Old Dobbin who might very well have known all the stops on his route by heart. You can find many more photos of commercial vehicles here on The Old Motor. Robert Yarnall Richie photographs courtesy of SMU Central University Libraries.