Life Before There Was Walmart - The F.E. Merrill Grocery and Hardware Store: Customer service one-hundred years ago used to be so much different than it is today,
as back then a purchase usually included free delivery if needed. On The Old Motor today you can learn all about the three-cylinder,
two cycle Chase Truck @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=121219
Ah yes, groceries and hardware. Buy your pickled fish and dynamite all in one stop.
Mike, Didn't they just buy the dynamite back then and use it to get the fish for free?
I believe this is the same row of store fronts that housed Boynton's Market from a previous post of yours. Boynton's would be to the right. I believe this is the store front where a friend had a used book store in the early 80's.
It appears that this is a 1906-12 Chase 3 cylinder air cooled dual chain drive truck. These were very popular with inner city delivery companies.
They also made a 4 cylinder air cooled motor. The cylinders look much like an inverted bee hive with horizontal cast cooling fins.
Brass Car Guy, Yes it is a Chase and there is a lot of info on them in our post and some good links.
What is wrapped around the left rear tire?
Looks like a tire repair boot/shoe/sleeve:
Those are air filled? They look like solid rubber wagon tires. Could the rubber have split and their keeping the ends in place?
Wow! What's the chances of that happening. Just spotted something else. I think I have a reel mower just like the one on the far left. I've been trying to figure out what type of handle and bracket it had and I do believe that's the one.
I have an old wooden handled dolly like used around the train stations and this old reel mower I found for use as "display props" around my Model T. Strange how things will pop up when you stop looking.
You're probably right, Charlie, I don't see any valve stems on the wheels.
David, that was the fishing method of choice however you'll notice I said "pickled" fish.
The sign on the window says they have "Liquid Paints"?
I thought all paints were liquid of some sort.
Early paints came in a powder form and you had to mix them with water. Many were no more then a white wash with pigment added.