12 thoughts on “Chimney Park, 1949

  1. The truck in the middle is getting special treatment. He must have driven through something REALLY bad.

  2. By golly, William and Ron, I think you.ve nailed it! Chimney Park, former site of the city incinerator, the tall chimney, out near Pier Park, off Columbia Blvd.

  3. I’ll bet that some of those drivers are Volga Germans who were heavily involved in the garbage business.

  4. The only dump truck I was clearly able to identify is the one on the right, a 1940 Chevrolet. The truck in the center looks a lot like a 1936 Ford 1-1/2 ton dump truck but the emblem on the front looks like IH emblem (Int’l Harvester) but I found no good matches under this make (chrome on grill different shape). The dumper on the left is the newest of the group but I couldn’t find any matches for this front end. It’s very streamlined and forward in design.

    I imagine drivers probably looked forward to the culmination of their shifts on hot days being able to cool off while hosing down their rigs; in winter, no, it wouldn’t be fun.

    Doing some further research in regards to pay, I learned that trash haulers were a unionized close-knit group and that this occupation was popular with those of German and Italian descent. For those who are interested in seeing more photos see the link below.


  5. This was clearly a time before the stingy bean counters came with their theory of “they haul just as much dirty as they do clean”. These drivers took a lot of pride in their ride and they realized the advertising value of clean, not mention the savings in maintenance. In time the folly of incremental cost accounting, inherited from the railroads, would have it’s day beginning in about 1960. After about 1980 pride and clean would return.

  6. wploulorenziprince– The truck on the left I think could be a 1946-1947 Ford Ford COE ( Cabover Engine )

  7. The truck in the middle looks to me like a 1935 or 36 Ford. International Harvester came up with the “man on the tractor” IH symbol in 1945 and used it on vehicles starting in the 1950s.

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