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All the Little Dodges Head off to the Market

We are sorry to only be hitting on two out of eight cylinders after competing in last weekend’s VSCCA Mt Equinox Hill Climb, although this image from the Farm Security Agency at the Library of Congress Digital Collections that passed across our digital desk this morning is still of interest.

The photo was taken in August of 1937 by an unknown photographer of the Amity Hall, located in the Pennsylvania town it is named after. The town is situated about 15 miles northwest of Harrisburg, Pa on Route 22 and the “Men’s Hall” sited there contained a Washroom, Dormitory, and Barber Shop.

All of the Dodge cars on auto hauling trailers which at least one of was pulled by a Dodge tractor apparently were on the way to Dodge distributor or dealers. Did these vehicles originate from the Hamtramck, Michigan factory or did the automaker have another assembly plant located in the east? Share with us what you find of interest in this picture.

Amity Hall truck stop was located on the old Pa. rte 22 , about 15 miles northwest of Harrisburg , Pa

20 responses to “All the Little Dodges Head off to the Market

  1. In 1937, Chrysler (/Plymouth/Dodge/DeSoto) would have had Highland Park, Jefferson Avenue, Windsor, Hamtramck, Lynch Road, Stockton, Los Angeles, Wyoming Avenue, and Evansville. Nothing in Pennsylvania, and I’m not sure which plant was doing what vehicles/marques at that time.

    M&G Convoy was acquired by Ryder in 1968.

  2. The truck has a PUCO ( Public Utilities Commission of Ohio) number on the door, I believe if the truck was registered in Ohio, it needs a PUCO number. Whatever it was, with a flathead 6 of around 90 hp, it was a slow ride for these teamsters.

  3. Interesting that they covered only the top loaded cars, not the bottom ones. I had a co-worker who ordered a new Chrysler Cordoba and it was very late in delivery. The dealer kept telling him it was delayed. Turns out, the vehicle loaded above it on a transport, leaked on to the paint and the dealer had to re-paint the entire car. I would have
    rejected it but he accepted it. Now most manufacturers cover everything, even the wheels, as does Porsche.
    I’d love to have one of those Dodges, brand new. Great photo.

  4. I’m sorry , but you’re wrong .
    The Amity Hall truck stop was located on the old Pa. rte 22 , about 15 miles northwest of Harrisburg , Pa

    • The Mt. Equinox Hill Climb weekend was a success other than an electrical glitch we were able to work around. All of the fine tuning and improvements over the last year resulted in the fastest run being 35-seconds quicker that last year.

    • here Ya go, PK… just do a search ‘VSCCA Mt.Equinox Hillclimb 2019’
      & see some swell photos in the ‘ Gallery’ section…cheers & congrats, racer David!

  5. A couple of the cars look like Plymouths, notably the one with the front showing on the top just below the Amity Hall sign and the one on the bottom of the next trailer.

  6. Too bad the photos aren’t in colir.
    I’d like to see the colors of the cars in the bottom photo.
    Light blue?

  7. I drove a 39 Plymouth sedan for many years in the 1970’s. It had great suspension and a strong motor. It would keep up with traffic and was reliable. The frame was stiff with the X bracing. My only mistakes were leaving the parking brake on once (it got red hot) and selling the car.

  8. Feel free to delete this after reading, but I don’t think you want an apostrophe on “Dodge’s.”

    Glad the race went well.

  9. I don’t know what the distribution system was like during the 1930s, but when I worked for one of the railroads in Michigan decades later, the factories shipped new vehicles by rail to various destinations throughout the country, and from there, local trucks would haul them to the dealers that ordered them.

    • Right now I can’t think of the proper name but Dodge brothers had two classes of dealers. Let’s call them major and minor. The cars were shipped to the major dealers in large groups. Then the minor dealers got cars from the minor dealers suggested what Scrounge said. The major dealer got a bigger percentage profit then the minor and major got a few bucks for handling the cars for the minors.

      • That system was like many manufacturers who had distributors. It was usually their larger dealers, who received the majority of cars sold in the region, move them onto smaller dealers under their charge, at cut of the profit. This allowed the factory to deal with only a few large customers who took mass quantities of their production and dealt them out to the smaller dealers, handling any problems the arose.

  10. They are 1937’s foe sure. Some of these cars are definitely Plymouth’s. When I was a boy, my Dad had a ’37 Plymouth. The ’37 Plymouth grilles were all similar bars but the Dodges had a different center about 2 1/2 “wide. From the back, I’m not sure, but the grilles I remember.

  11. Actually, the site of the old Amity Hall still exists. If you look on Google Maps, find 22/322 where it crosses 15, then look about 1000 ft N of the crossing, you will see an exit on the southbound side going off to the left and curving around 180 degrees and going north. Just before the ramp goes under 22 there is River Road coming in from the left at lat 40.426334 N and long 77.011353 W. River Road is the old US 22. That portion of the exit ramp is the old US 15. (Susquehanna Trail). The truckstop gas station and motel, along with the old Amity Hall Inn, were located right there on the east side of River Road and the north side of 15. The dorm in the picture was located on the south side of the intersection. The Amity Hall In was originally a tavern on the canal that ran through there. There was an aqueduct across the Juniata there and also a turning basin originally. The Inn was left derelict about 15 years ago and was torn down fairly recently. It is amazing to me that with all of the highway rerouting in this area this site is still intact. Googling Amity Hall Inn will bring up a lot of pictures of this location.

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