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.