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Chicago Area Streamliners

The Olson Rug Co. of Chicago, which is still in business today after having being started in 1874, was showing off its first streamliner delivery truck in this photo. The design took its styling cues from the famous Burlington Routes stainless steel Zephyr. If you enjoy streamliners, visit the Denver Public Library were they have a nice collection of photos.

Not much is known about the trucks, who built them or what brand of chassis they are on but they certainly must have gotten Olson a lot of attention. The press photo is dated June 22, 1935. The Old Motor photo.


4 responses to “Chicago Area Streamliners

  1. This Olson Rug Company van is on a 1935 Ford 157 inch wheelbase chassis. The driver controls were converted to forward control. Interesting details are the curved corner glass of the windshield and the flush mounted C.M. Hall headlamps which were also used on De Soto Airflows. On November 2, 1935 the Lincoln-Zephyr made its debut.

    The first Burlington Zephyr was completed in 1934. It was powered by an eight-cylinder engine, and the engine was assembled in the former Winton plant in Cleveland, Ohio which had been purchased by General Motors. The original Burlington Zephyr, was renamed the Pioneer Zephyr, and it is now on display in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

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