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Packard trucks delivered by the Citizens Packard Motor Car Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio

For this installment of our continuing feature on early Packard trucks, the Fleischman’s Yeast truck seen here (above), appears to be in front of a bread makers facility. The Fleischman’s Yeast Co. was formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1868, where they built their first plant. A the sign hanging from the building above the truck reads “Returned Bread For Sale Here”. Note the very well done sign painters work on the truck.

Three Packard Trucks are seen (below) at the Campbell’s Creek Coal Company, picking up their loads of coal. The trucks belonged to the Otto Haffle & Son – Coal, Sand & Gravel Co. who were dealing in the Campbell’s Creek coal. The truck in the foreground has a 1918 Kentucky license plate, so Otto Haffle & Son may have been from there. Covington, Kentucky, is right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, where Campbell’s was based.

The Campbell’s Creek Coal Company was incorporated in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company advertised a variety of coal-based products including lump, washed egg, washed nut & slack, smokeless and genuine Lehigh anthracite. The company’s products were housed in elevators located in Harbor Landings and at the bottom of Baymiller Street. The companies mines were located in West Virginia.

You can take a look back on the rest of the Packard trucks photos in this series courtesy of Kim Westendorf’s family.

2 responses to “Packard trucks delivered by the Citizens Packard Motor Car Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio

  1. Posted for Charles Hixon: This uses the patented Sewell Cushion wheels, with the riveted rings affixing a rubber cushion between the nested rims. First used in about 1915, intended for heavy loads requiring the softest ride possible. The spindle bearings are straight needls bearings with thrust loads taken up at the spherid bearing ends. Unfortunately the bearing races machined out of the hub were part of the hub, nonreplaceable and too soft for the heavy loads. No adjustment was available to close up the clearances as the “outer race” got bigger. The design was inferior to the new Timken tapered roller bearings and races like those specified in the Mack AC and even the ball bearings with races used in the lower cost White trucks – which were replaceable. And the Sewell Cushion wheel were too complex and heavy compared to the simpler solid rubber cushion tire that was either packed with filler or had air holes or pockets molded in them. When they became out of balance, they ruined the solid rubber tire and you had to remove all the rivets to replace the rubber cushion AND replace the solid rubber tire.

  2. It’s hard to tell in the photo, but the name on the side of the trucks is actually Otto Hafele. Hafele had one son named Irvin, and both of them were living in Covington, Kentucky. The business existed from at least 1914 – 1926. Otto Hafele died on January 1, 1927 just three days after his wife.

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