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Horse-drawn Commercial Vehicles

Don H. Berkebile

Over 250 authentic illustrations, many unavailable elsewhere, are depicting a wide variety of commercial vehicles of long ago. Included is a rich assortment of horse-powered vehicles: ice wagons, drays, lunch wagons, delivery trucks, fire engines, buggies, carts, log wagons, stage coaches, hearses, and many other such conveyances. The author, a former member of the curatorial staff of the Smithsonian Institution s Division of Transportation, has carefully selected detailed engravings of the period, many from rare trade periodicals in the collection of the Smithsonian, as well as photographs. Well-researched captions accompany the illustrations, focusing on how the design of each vehicle served its specific purposes and needs, and supplying various dimensions, coloring, and other details. The author has also written an engrossing historical introduction that sharply defines the development of commercial vehicles in an age of headlong expansion and industrial advancement



168 pages, Paperback, Full-Color, 8.2" x 11", © 2012
Order Number: VAP424..........$19.95

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