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Oil Wagon Washington District of Columbia
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Stock #: 235586
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
City: Washington
State: District of Columbia (DC)
Publisher: The Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1988 Jun-27
PM City: Washington
PM State: DC
Stamp: 1c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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No. 88-37. Just before the turn of the century, Americans were finding more and more uses for oil. Until better means of delivery were devised, oil companies used traditional horse-drawn delivery wagons modified with a few minor adjustments. As oil trains pulled into the local railroad station, the wagons lined up to be filled. Their tanks were secured by metal strapping, with movement prevented by a crossbar at the rear of the driver's cab at the front. Most wagons had either lever or pedal brakes. Rattling along the country roads and city streets, they became a common sight. The typical oil wagon sported a length of metal protected by a rubber, canvas, or leather hose for bulk discharge, and a semi-rotary hand pump for "non-gravity" discharge. At the unloading point, the dealer would dispense lamp oil to customers who were shopping for many household items. Sometimes the oil was even stored alongside food. Fortunately, with the automobile, came greater safety and efficiency in the handling of oil