Ford Model T Delivery Truck
The development of the automobile in the first years
of the 20th Century revolutionized public transportation.
The famous Model T "Flivver", the first to be manufactured
on the assembly line, sold at a price that every workingman
the early 'teens an even bigger impact was made with
the advent of trucking, quickly replacing the horse-drawn
wagon for the delivery of goods. The simple and affordable
Model T was a favorite chassis, and many coachbuilders
began crafting a wide variety of truck bodies and styles
to meet almost every requirement. In fact, the 1913
Model T was used by August Fruehauf (1868-1930) to create
the first "tractor-trailer" truck, marking the beginning
of an American legend in trucking.
tiny "Delivery Van" was especially popular, used by
retail stores, manufacturers, doctors and others, and
was even used to deliver the United States Mail. They
were usually quite colorful, and emblazoned with the
company name as an early form of "rolling advertisement".
Delivery Van is typical. I have lettered it for my grandfather's
meat market, and also show it lettered for my friend
Bruce Parrish, a noted sheet-metal fabricator specializing
in 21st Century race car body fabrication. I felt he
needed an appropriate Delivery Van!