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VERY Old Plowing Pics

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Chuck Smith, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    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

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  2. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    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

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  3. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Here's a tractor pulling a plow in downtown Denver in 1910.

    ~Chuck

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  4. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Here's a sidewalk being plowed in Chicago in 1915.

    ~Chuck

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  5. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    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:
     
  6. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Same plow another view in 1915 Chicago.

    ~Chuck

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  7. Pelican

    Pelican 2000 Club Member
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    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.

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  8. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Tractor trailer hauling snow in 1919. Not sure where.

    ~Chuck

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  9. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
    Messages: 1,106

    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:
     
  10. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Here's a dozer plowing in 1936.

    ~Chuck

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  11. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
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    only word that comes to mind

    WOW!!!!!!!

    cardoctor
     
  12. CARDOCTOR

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
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    how do you think the horses feel lol


    cardoctor
     
  13. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Here's a shot of a snow tunnel, on the sidewalk, on main street in Breckenridge Colorado, in 1899.

    ~Chuck

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  14. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Rotary snowplow (snowblower) mounted on a truck, Estes Park, Colorado, 1938.

    ~Chuck

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  15. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Horse drawn plow cleaning sidewalk in Chicago 1914.

    ~Chuck

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  16. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    This is the aftermath of the blizzard of 1899 in NYC. These guys are shoveling snow into wagons.

    ~Chuck

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  17. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    And here those same wagons are dumping the snow into a river.

    ~Chuck

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  18. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith 2000 Club Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,317

    Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due

    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
     
  19. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,139

    LOL,I think i saw digger and a few other old timers in a couple of those pics:D
     
  20. Mike 97 SS

    Mike 97 SS Banned
    from U.S.A.
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    Arc, ROFLMAO! :D Mike