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Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:21 PM
Here's one from Chicago taken in 1903. It is the oldest I have been able to find in 3 years of looking on and off on the web.

It looks like a wooden V plow. It also looks like it would really suck to be the plow operator!

~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:23 PM
Here's one from a Jeep CJ fan club site. IT seems Meyer was thinking of stainless a looooooong time ago. Note the steel rods in place of the trip springs.

Here's the caption:

"Fred Coldwell and Daron Wanberg have located this rare color photo of a CJ-3B with what is identified as an experimental stainless steel plow made by Meyer Products.

Meyer apparently worked closely with Willys-Overland from the very beginning on snowplows for Jeeps, and the chrome-loaded 3B seen here may belong to Edward Meyer, the inventor of the car-mounted snow plow in 1927. In the larger version of the photo (90K JPEG), check out the Ramsey winch, steering wheel, radio aerial, chrome windshield, auxiliary lighting, and other tantalizing details. Not to mention two spare wheels, with a spare tire mounted only on the one on the driver's side. And the side curtain for the soft top installed only on the passenger side.

Exact date of this photo, apparently taken at the Meyer factory, is unknown. Anybody have any further information? "


~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:28 PM
Here's a tractor pulling a plow in downtown Denver in 1910.

~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:30 PM
Here's a sidewalk being plowed in Chicago in 1915.

~Chuck

meyer22288
06-16-2003, 06:30 PM
wow those pics are really neat. its real interesting to see how snowplowing started out and where it is today. keep the pics coming buddy.:drinkup:

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:34 PM
Same plow another view in 1915 Chicago.

~Chuck

Pelican
06-16-2003, 06:36 PM
The implement behind the crawler tractor is actually a road grader, early style. The Highway Dept. in my town still has one parked in the brush out behind the barn.

In case anyone missed this in "Off Topics", here's a reprint of the 1934 Linn plow truck I saw at the antique truck show I attended.

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:39 PM
Tractor trailer hauling snow in 1919. Not sure where.

~Chuck

Mike 97 SS
06-16-2003, 06:40 PM
Chuck nice pictures. Those were the good old days I guess huh? I guess being the driver of those old trucks, you got windburn quite easily with nothing blocking your skin from the elements, haha. Chuck, Im not sure and I dont wanna step on any toes, but dont these pics belong in the new Pictures Forum? :D Just kiddin my friend, this is your site and you do as you please! Appreciate the pics!! Mike :drinkup:

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:41 PM
Here's a dozer plowing in 1936.

~Chuck

CARDOCTOR
06-16-2003, 06:43 PM
Originally posted by Pelican
The implement behind the crawler tractor is actually a road grader, early style. The Highway Dept. in my town still has one parked in the brush out behind the barn.

In case anyone missed this in "Off Topics", here's a reprint of the 1934 Linn plow truck I saw at the antique truck show I attended.

only word that comes to mind

WOW!!!!!!!

cardoctor

CARDOCTOR
06-16-2003, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by Chuck Smith
Here's one from Chicago taken in 1903. It is the oldest I have been able to find in 3 years of looking on and off on the web.

It looks like a wooden V plow. It also looks like it would really suck to be the plow operator!

~Chuck

how do you think the horses feel lol


cardoctor

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:47 PM
Here's a shot of a snow tunnel, on the sidewalk, on main street in Breckenridge Colorado, in 1899.

~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:53 PM
Rotary snowplow (snowblower) mounted on a truck, Estes Park, Colorado, 1938.

~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:57 PM
Horse drawn plow cleaning sidewalk in Chicago 1914.

~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 06:59 PM
This is the aftermath of the blizzard of 1899 in NYC. These guys are shoveling snow into wagons.

~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 07:00 PM
And here those same wagons are dumping the snow into a river.

~Chuck

Chuck Smith
06-16-2003, 07:07 PM
All of these pictures came from the following sources:

Photographs from the Chicago Daily News, 1902-1933

The Photography Collection - Western History / Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library

The Library of Congress

~Chuck

Arc Burn
06-16-2003, 07:54 PM
LOL,I think i saw digger and a few other old timers in a couple of those pics:D

Mike 97 SS
06-16-2003, 08:11 PM
Arc, ROFLMAO! :D Mike

Pelican
06-16-2003, 08:40 PM
You guys are rough!:rolleyes:

Arc Burn
06-16-2003, 08:47 PM
Nah,just young and dumb:drinkup: ,digger should be by shortly to settle up:D

Got Grass?
06-16-2003, 08:54 PM
Not sure if you would call this plowing or not. More like a stuck picture.


The Great Blizzard of 12 March 1888. New York, New York
Source: NOAA/Department of Commerce

myo
06-16-2003, 09:33 PM
Awesome pics:eek:

Got Grass?
06-16-2003, 09:45 PM
1953, rotary snowplow
MANITOU & PIKES PEAK RAILWAY

Got Grass?
06-16-2003, 10:13 PM
Crawler-type road plow (C. L. Best Gas Traction Company, 1924); S/N 2151-A; ex-Town of Rush, NY (1924 - 1976); fitted with "V" plow and side wing blades (LaPlant-Choate); complete and cosmetically restored, but not operable. Known locally as "Big Bertha" and "Big Bess".
Source: The New York Museum Of Transportation

wxmn6
06-16-2003, 10:15 PM
Originally posted by Got Grass?
The Great Blizzard of 12 March 1888. New York, New York
Source: NOAA/Department of Commerce

Yep, it is the biggest snowstorm on record here in New York. If I remember correctly, Albany, NY got dumped with 47" of snow. :eek:

Impressive pictures!

Got Grass?
06-16-2003, 10:16 PM
1930 WL-snow plow.
Source: unknown

digger242j
06-16-2003, 10:23 PM
I think i saw digger and a few other old timers in a couple of those pics

Arc, I'm old enough and mature enough to admit it, I was plowing snow while you were still in diapers--I've been at it for 10 years now.... :D

Great pics, Chuck! :)

Got Grass?
06-16-2003, 10:29 PM
April, 1909
shows where they piled the snow scraped from the streets with horse-drawn plows.

Pelican
06-16-2003, 10:33 PM
Originally posted by wxmn6
Yep, it is the biggest snowstorm on record here in New York. If I remember correctly...



Hmmmmmm.....

And Arc Burn thought Digger was old!:D

Nice pics, Got Grass! Thanks!

meyer22288
06-16-2003, 10:35 PM
I can't get enough of these pics keep um coming:drinkup:

Got Grass?
06-16-2003, 10:49 PM
1922 Jordan Spreader
In the winter the spreader is used to plow snow from the right-of-way
Source: The Alberta Railway Museum

Rooster
06-16-2003, 11:32 PM
Makes one glad to have a 7.3 PSD and a good heater!

Rick

phillyplowking1
06-16-2003, 11:39 PM
Yea these pics are a wake up call >look what we could be plowing with!They are pretty cool though.

Got Grass?
06-17-2003, 12:03 AM
December 20, 1921
Maynard Historical Society

Got Grass?
06-17-2003, 12:07 AM
1901 Boston

Pelican
06-17-2003, 12:20 AM
I'm surprised to see a trolley in such a rural area

speedracer241
06-17-2003, 01:12 AM
Nice pics fellas.

Wish I had the pics my grand father had many years ago. He worked for the county roads dept. in the 1940's. He had pics of guys shoveling out roads where a caterpillar and V plow were burried. He also had lots of horse drawn pics.
Wish I knew who had them.
Mark K

snowplowjay
06-17-2003, 04:02 PM
I think we need to find out some information about that Snow Removal Museum that I have heard about in Maine and have a Northeast guys plowsite meet up there that would be an interesting trip if you ask me. I would be able to add some pics to my collection of plow stuff :)


Jay

Chuck Smith
06-17-2003, 04:12 PM
Now I have to search. I think I posted a link to it in the past. I know I sent a link to Mick so he could check it out.

~Chuck

snowplowjay
06-17-2003, 04:19 PM
Yes im almost positive that you did right last summer.

Jay

Arc Burn
06-17-2003, 07:18 PM
My grandfather told me about his younger days working for the town highway department,they went out after plowing and sanded roads by hand:( ,not all of them or every square inch by any means but anything that needed sanding got a couple guys in the back of the truck tossing cinders:dizzy:

He also mentioned this old guy "digger" who sanded off the back off his horse:help:

meyer22288
06-17-2003, 07:55 PM
wow i dont know if i would love snowplowing as much if i had to plow on the back of a horse. i love the cab of my chevy more now than ever:cool:

Mick
06-17-2003, 09:34 PM
It's been awhile, but I think that museum is in Bangor. Not all that far for me, I just don't get away much anymore. If a bunch of guys wanted to plan a trip up here, I'd find out more and meet up there. I think Bangor is about three hours drive from the NH/Maine border straight up 95.

Mick
06-17-2003, 09:53 PM
Cole Transportation Museum in Bangor:

http://www.acadiavacations.com/a515/a515-05.htm

snowplowjay
06-17-2003, 09:59 PM
http://www.plowsite.com//showthread.php?s=&threadid=5966&highlight=museum and heres the link to Chucks old post.


Jay

Chuck Smith
06-18-2003, 04:21 PM
These pictures are from Meyer's 75th anniversary brochure.

Fisher came out in 1948, Western in the early 50's, and Meyer in 1926.


~Chuck

Mike 97 SS
06-18-2003, 04:50 PM
WOW, Meyer has been around since 1926? 20+ years before Fisher and Western and still cant build a decent plow?? Im sorry, I had to get that off my chest. Mike

Pelican
06-18-2003, 05:05 PM
From what I can make out in that electric pump picture, there is no rotary pump attached to the motor. It looks like a shaft is hooked to the piston pump of a bottle jack, probably by an eccentric link or cam, to activate the piston pump. Looks like a choke cable is connected to the release valve to drop the plow. I wonder how reliable this setup was?

wolfie
06-18-2003, 06:56 PM
My Grandfather was born on a farm in Goshen CT and used talk about the blizzard of 88. He remembered the icicles hanging off his father's beard and the the drifts so deep they had to tunnel through them to get to the barn... he said in those days the snow in Goshen would always drift into the roads and a lot of time the feilds wouldn't have much snow left in them because it all drifted into the rads so they would drive the horses in the fields instead of the roads. when they did clear the roads it was either by hand or with one of those wooden plows pulled by horses or oxen. I guess snow plowing is in my blood from way back...

Santo
10-04-2003, 07:01 PM
Really interesting pictures. We come a long way.

Clean Cut Lawns
10-04-2003, 07:53 PM
Originally posted by Pelican
From what I can make out in that electric pump picture, there is no rotary pump attached to the motor. It looks like a shaft is hooked to the piston pump of a bottle jack, probably by an eccentric link or cam, to activate the piston pump. Looks like a choke cable is connected to the release valve to drop the plow. I wonder how reliable this setup was?

Pelican i bet its more reliable than their current set up:nod:

Pelican
10-04-2003, 08:16 PM
That's FUNNY!:D

Jerre Heyer
10-05-2003, 10:51 PM
I knew I liked that Clean Cut guy for some reason. Now I know what it was.