9 thoughts on “Chief Leon V. Jenkins, 1925

  1. Looks like Washington Park in the background. I think it was called City Park at the time.

  2. I don’t know when the first wipers came out but did my turn with the hand operated ones. From none to hand wipers, vacumn that stopped during acceration, double action fuel pumps to prevent stopping, and now electric.

  3. Studebakers remained popular with law enforcement right up until the end of production. For instance, the Oregon State Police purchased a fleet of Studebaker pickups as late as 1962 or 63. While the intended use was fish and game law enforcement they were never the less capable of a real turn of speed and they could be seen chasing down malfeasors on our early freeways on occasion.

  4. Must have been great cars.
    Portland was always a wild city. I bet could carry 8 riotgear clad cops on those big running boards.

  5. From the history of windshield wipers:

    “In 1921, American inventor William Folberth patented a vacuum-powered, single blade wiper run by suction from the engine’s intake manifold. Timing was a bit of a problem in that wiper speed matched that of the car. With the throttle wide open, the engine vacuum dropped and wipers either slowed down or stopped altogether. Nonetheless, Trico, now a major name in wipers, bought Folberth’s company in 1925 for $1 million and his inexpensive vacuum system saw widespread and unchanged use for many years.”

    The 1939 Ford was the last model to use a “swing out” windshield.

  6. I had a 50′ Pontiac with those vacuum wipers. I used to speed up and slow down to song tempos and make the wipers match the tempo. The song that worked the best was the Credence Clearwater song that had the lyrics…just got back from Illinois locked the front door oh boy. The next verse they would slow it way down and I would put my foot on the gas.This was in the early 70’s. That car used a quart of oil every 500 miles.

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