Our recent post “Before there was Greyhound” showed how large cars were used for “stages” before buses were commercially available. The same situation existed before light trucks entered the market place. To meet the need, automobiles were converted into light trucks by having a coachbuilder construct a commercial body on a automobile chassis.
The J.M. McNamara’s “Refrigerator Auto” in the lead image allowed him to sell his meat door to door, which probably increased his sales and paid for the new body he had built on a 1914 Cadillac chassis. His market was located at 257 Law St. in Hartford, CT.
Please share with us what you find of interest in these photographs found at the Connecticut Digital Archive.