Russell Lee Photos – American Life in Waco, Texas


This is our second post in a series with photos taken during November of 1939, by photographer Russell Lee when he visited Waco, Texas, for the Farm Security Administration. The photographs above and below show Frank Sharp’s Tire shop that operated from his storefront and on both the sidewalk and street. Even late in the 1930s when these photos were taken, the Great Depression was still lingering, and the used tires seen below were in demand.


Gardner’s Cut Rate Package House below sold liquor, wine and gasoline. The store’s gas pump that is visible appears to be either a Gilbarco or a Wayne unit. Compared with today gasoline was more reasonably priced at the time still but not cheap, adjusted for inflation it sold for between $1.80 to $2.74 a gallon. You can look back at our earlier Russell Lee photos here. You also can see well over one hundred more vintage gasoline station photos here. 


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Ziliox & Roe Motor Co. – A Buick, Chevrolet and Pontiac Dealer


Earlier in the week we posted a pair of photos from the Ziliox & Roe Motor Co. in Oxford, Ohio. Thanks to reader tinindian we found out that Max Ziliox bought the operation in 1925. Later on during the early thirties Zilox was handling both the Studebaker and the Rockne. At some point later on the dealership started handling the Buick, Chevrolet and Pontiac product lines.

The photo above shows a line-up of the three makes in the main salesroom at some point during 1947. The lower photo was taken later, possibly in 1950, and after looking at other images from the same time, it appears a remodeling may have taken place that included adding the stone walls, pillars and signage for the sales lot. The photos are courtesy of the Miami University Libraries.


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Hupmobile, Raymond Loewy and Russell Snowberger Team Up for 1932

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  • A Vogue “Jumbo” Tire promotion in Los Angeles – USC Libraries photo.

Facing trying times for 1932, Hupmobile management pulled out all the stops and hired Raymond Loewy to design a new and distinctive look to try to lure buyers into the salesroom. Loewy created a look for the new eight-cylinder Hupp, which when compared with what was offered by other automakers, it was actually a year or two ahead of its time. The lines and shape of the fenders, the angled windshield and the bold radiator ornament gave the new car a look all of its own.

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  •      The Cabriolet Roadster – The Coupe – The 5-Passenger Victoria

For 1932, both conventional six and eight-cylinder L-head models were offered, five of which were carried-over from 1931. The new Loewy styling was used on two of the five straight eight chassis’ offered. In addition to the styling changes, there were a number of mechanical and structural refinements. High on the list was the introduction of an X-member in the center of the frame and a series of triangulated braces incorporated into the body shell that when combined made for a very strong and rigid structure. Illustrations above courtesy of Alden Jewell.

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  • Lowey and a model with a concept or show car – Hagley Museum photo.

Not resting with the fresh styling, structural and mechanical refinements, Hupmobile sponsored Russ Snowberger’s entry in the 1932 Indianapolis 500. He was given a new Hupp straight engine that he then race-prepared, added a bank of four down-draft Winfield racing carburetors, and fitted it into his 1931 racing car seen below.

Snowberger qualified in the forth position while setting a speed that was 2-m.p.h. faster than when his car was Studebaker-powered the year before. He finished the race on the lead lap in fifth place behind three Miller-powered cars and a Studebaker Factory prepared car. The engine was later installed in the Bonneville Hupp that has been reported to have set a speed of 146 m.p.h. on the Salt Flats.


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Henry Ford’s Model TT Truck at Work at the Factory and the Farm


Henry Ford was well-known as being one of the most frugal of the captains of industry in the early part of the last century. He had everything possible done in house and under his control. The photo above shows one of a fleet of Model TT Ford Trucks that was outfitted for hauling drinking water around at one of his operations. The Ford Truck chassis was identical to the car except for having: A stronger frame, heavier springs and a worm-drive rear axle.

We have no way of knowing for sure, but the TT Ford below carrying a huge load of hay may have been on one of his many farms in various parts of the country. The tycoon set up a number of factory towns around the land that built parts and assemblies for his auto manufacturing machine and did away with most subcontractors. Learn all about Ford and what he did right from the source, The Henry Ford. See 100s more Model T Ford related photos. 


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