delivery vehicles lend some interesting stories to the
collection. For example, the milkman would not ride, instead
he would take a case of milk to deliver door to door. The horse
kept the milk wagon moving - the horse knew the route!
Included in the
museum collection is a 1914 milk wagon. The milk wagon is a
type of delivery wagon characterized by a closed, paneled
body and sliding doors. The Thrasher collection’s milk wagon
was built for and used by the Arylawn Dairy Farms in
Bethesda, MD through the gas rationing days of World War II.
“Ayrlawn Farms, Bethesda” lettering is still on the body of
this wagon. Body panels are constructed of plywood with a
metal skin, there are no doors on this version. It is
suspended by ribbed platform springs on front and rear. The
wheels have solid rubber tires with automobile type wheels
with drum brakes on the rear.
The milk wagon
is one of several delivery vehicles on display.
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