- A Packard truck used by nurserymen for a one hundred mile delivery. The Horseless Age, October 29, 1913.
As development in the Los Angeles area was increasing a hundred years ago, Howard & Smith turned to using Packard three ton “commercial cars” to deliver their product. The truck and driver posing for the picture are seen showcasing a load of orange, lemon, rubber and palm trees along with a variety of other plants. The nurserymen found that the trucks made for much quicker and safer deliveries than in the past when sent by railroad freight.
One of the big benefits in addition to the relatively speedy delivery, was that the plants were only handled by the experienced hands of nursery employees en route instead of railroad freight workers. Using the trucks, the plants could reach their clients property in one day in much the same condition as when they left without damage. It also allowed the firm to deliver much farther than was possible previously with horse drawn vehicles.
The Howard & Smith Nursery went on to become internationally recognized in 1918 after Fred Howard twice won the Gold Medal award for his roses at the Bagatelle competition in Paris, France. Many other interesting and high-quality Packard trucks, can be seen here on The Old Motor.