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Goodyear Tire as Used on “Big Bertha” Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic Snow Cruiser

Today’s feature image contains a 120 inch outside diameter x 66.0 inch inside diameter x 33.5 inch wide tire and tube produced by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. The casing is one of the type which was used on Admiral Byrd’s “Snow Cruiser’s” ill-fated exploration of Antarctic late in 1939.

The location where the photo was taken might be on the lawn in front of one of the Company’s office buildings located in Akron, Ohio. The 1939 Oldsmobile convertible coupe in the picture taken during the summer of ’39 is either a Series 60 or 70 model.

View an earlier article here on The Old Motor, “Big Bertha” – Admiral Byrd’s Monster Snow Cruiser” that contains eleven photographs and a video upon it’s arrival in Antarctic late in 1939. You can also learn the interesting story of the Goodyear “Airwheel,” introduced in 1929 and with further development led up to the production of the “Snow Cruiser’s” tires in an earlier post.

A video covering the “Snow Cruiser’s” arrival in Westfield, New York (below) on it’s overland journey from Chicago to the Boston, MA, harbor is also featured here today.

The photograph is courtesy on National Geographic.

  • Expandable version (above) of the lead image – (below) a video covering the “Snow Cruiser’s” arrival in Westfield, New York on it’s overland journey from Chicago to the Boston, MA, harbor.

7 responses to “Goodyear Tire as Used on “Big Bertha” Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic Snow Cruiser

  1. I live in Westfield, NY and this video was very interesting. The Snow Cruiser is parked on Main St. (US Rte 20) near the intersection with Portage St. It must have been an exciting day in the life of this little village!

    This region on the shores of Lake Erie between Buffalo, NY and Erie, PA is a huge area of Concord grape production. The brick building seen prominently and frequently in the background was the original main office of Welch’s Grape Juice Co. It’s still there but is no longer their company offices. Mr. Welch built his first factory in Westfield in 1897, also still standing but unused a short distance away on Portage St.

  2. While the tire was a marvel, the Sno-Cruiser was a colossal failure. What was the thinking, an extremely heavy vehicle on bald tires. It should have had tracks. How can someone design such a vehicle, and make such a blunder?

  3. The building behind the tires is an elementary school in Goodyear Heights, on Britain Road in Akron, OH. The schools name is Seiberling Elementary School, part of the Akron Public School System. The school is still there, the building has been replaced with a newer modern one. My son went to school there in that building in the 1980’s, we lived in a Goodyear home.

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