Here's a link to a thread I posted on the modeltfordfix.com forum of period Model T Era Michelin full page magazine ads.
Cool, thank you Jay.
OT Anyone know if pneumatic tires were ever used on horse draw carriages?
Those USA made Michelins were produced not to far from my hometown in New Jersey. My Mom worked in Milltown, NJ at a building that was once a playing card factory within sight of the then abandoned Michelin building complex. The complex burned about 1959-1960, Michelin abandoned in the mid 30's, some businesses occupied sections thru the years remaining.
Not one current Michelin offering will fit our Model T's today.... sad.
I wonder where the picture was taken. All the writing on the truck is in Spanish.
The 1928 Michelin House band for the Michelin Radio hour.
Could you imagine trying to play instruments dressed like that!
When I was a little kid, I was afraid of the Michelin Man. He still creeps me out--a bit.
Vern, V C,
Pneumatic tires were initially developed for safety bicycles about 1890 as I recall. They were nowhere near good enough yet to want to be used for the speeds or weights of horse drawn carriages. However, for the un-sprung weights of a safety bicycle, they offered a nice cushioning effect against the bone-jarring bumps on the roads of the day.
As both pneumatic tires and automobiles were being developed during the 1890s, it was natural for the two to wind up together. The small almost go-cart-like cars being built could also benefit from the cushioning of the tires, while trying to keep weight down for the under-powered engines being used on most cars. Early automobile development was somewhat divided, not only by "steam, gasoline, or electric", but also by the "bicycle industry based" and the "carriage industry based" experimenters. Both were seeing the emerging opportunities of automobiles as well as wanting to have a piece of that pie if their previous products went out of favor as automobiles took over. Bicycle based developers tended to use pneumatic tires early, while carriage based developers tended to use buggy and wagon type wheels even as late as 1912. As the automobile came into its own, it developed into its own style in the early 1900s, mostly leaving both of those extremes behind by 1905.
I doubt that more than a handful of horse-drawn carriages were manufactured using pneumatic tires before the automobile had largely displaced the horse (whenever one might want to argue when that was?). Of course, by the depression of the '30s, numerous rigs were put together using whatever wheels were handy to be pulled by whatever grass-powered pulling force was available. By then, even some new carriages were being made with pneumatic tires for those unwilling to drive an automobile. Sulkies may have been an early exception. I think they were using pneumatic tires by the 1920s. I find that an interesting point to ponder. I know sulky racing goes way back. I wonder when they may have adopted pneumatic wheels and tires?
I don't recall the Michelin Radio hour, but they look a little like Spike Jones and the City Slickers to me.
They all look "Tired" to me.
The guy on baritone sax sounds a little "flat" to me.
I'll bet a dollar to a soggy doughnut those suits get HOT after awhile! Probably cotton stuffed..
The band master has an over inflated ego!
Wonder if the band carried any "spare" musicians?
Michelin as a baby
Michelin air compressor
I hope this tread doesn't get punctured with another pun blowout. These stem from patches of cabin fever and symptom-pneumatic of unbalanced T guys.
That Michelin band leader looks a bit like Guy Lombardo!
Vern: I don't know about "back in the day" but for more than 50 years pneumatic tires have been used on Mackinac Island.