Fighting the Second Law of Thermodynamics: of Increasing Entropy, and Increasing Trash
We've seen ugly, belching Steam-powered Tractors and Steam Buses and Trucks... Today we'll look at the unsung heroes of trash removal - fascinating vintage garbage trucks and lorries, some of them more elegant and sparkling clean than most vehicles on the road:
Interestingly enough, there is a whole slice of vintage collecting culture on the web about these vehicles (see for example this Flickr group and this site). Vintage Commercial and Municipal Vehicles are hard to find in general, and the ones in any good condition are particularly elusive (they usually see a lot of use and little interest in preserving). But garbage trucks are vastly more susceptible to, well... elements, and so would be the hardest to find.
Massive 1958 Pak-Mor Lo Boye unit pulled by a 1958 Ford C-850:
Soon after the invention of motorized transport and the appearance the earliest automobiles, the first garbage trucks arrived. There were initially plenty of open top dump trucks, but these weren’t ideal for hauling garbage since they usually attracted flies, insects, vermin and of course did nothing to contain the atrocious smell. In the 1920’s, closed body vehicles were brought in to handle trash collection in major towns and cities around the world. Here are some great examples of garbage trucks from years gone by.
The truck shown below left was manufactured by Detroit’s Garwood Industries in the late thirties. The Heil Company’s vehicles were collecting solid waste in a number of US cities at that time too. These models date from the thirties and forties (below right):
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