Not long ago, I had an opportunity to view a number of wagons that appeared to have lost their identities. With careful review, I was able to authoritatively label a good number of them. Brands like Studebaker, Newton, Weber, Deere, and Pekin had previously gone unrecognized in this assemblage. The Studebaker would have dated close to 1900 while most of the others were from well within the 20th century. One of my purposes at this gathering was to look for legendary wagon makers seldom seen today. Likewise, I wanted to identify – if possible – a wagon that had been built before the end of the 1800’s.
Clearly, with every early vehicle found and cataloged, we’re that much closer to creating a more comprehensive picture of America’s largest transportation industry. If you have a piece you believe may hold a special history from the 19th century, feel free to send us some photos. We’d be glad to take a look, comparing it to so many others we have on file.
History, after all, isn’t just what’s behind us. It’s alongside and in front of us; often disguised by the unknown, it’s a puzzle with promise and a rolling record full of potential rewards.