How we Transported our Goods, Beer and Liquor Back Then

BigWagonHow we Transported our Goods, Beer and Liquor Back Then

30 August 2012 (R•040915) (R•041815) (R•061617) (R•102618) (R•040119 – Moxie Wagon)

Apple-Touch-IconAAs you may have noticed of late, I have been developing a number of posts dealing with historical photographs. It started earlier this year with glass houses and factories, boys that worked in glass houses and then moved on to a series of historical drinking photographs. I really enjoy looking and studying all of these old pictures. Today I posted some great photographs of primarily transport wagons.


I am sitting in the building in the next three pictures below, typing this post now. These are my design offices in downtown Houston in the historic Wagon Works building.

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Texas Wagon Works before becoming Eller Wagon Works (see below). My design offices for FMG Design are located within this building. The train tracks are beneath the paved street now.

Eller Wagon Works building – Circa 1910. My design offices for FMG Design are located within this building. You can still see the faded graphics on the facade of the building. So cool. I’m sitting the first floor corner in between the two white wagons. – photo FMG

Eller Wagon Works is actual FMG studio space – Circa 1910. My design offices for FMG Design are located within this EXACT space. I am looking at those same steel columns and windows now as I write. No dirt floors though. – photo FMG

Galveston Brewing Company and Bottling Works, unknown date.

The famous Watkins Man makes his pitch. Notice the bottles in both hands. – photo Steve Ketcham

Bower & Company General Store – In 1914 the Bower & Company General Store was located at 2643 North High Street, Clintonville, Ohio. This is their delivery wagon around 1914.

Historic photo of  a wagon of Green Brewer’s Hops at a Newberg, Oregon, Willamette River Valley farm in 1939 – photo by Al Monner

Beer delivery wagon for Louis Gluntz. Notice the Schlitz graphics on the side of the wagon. – photo Steve Ketcham

Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company (Old Hickory Wagon vignette). From a beautifully engraved certificate from the Kentucky Wagon Manufacturing Company issued in 1914.

A pro-prohibition horse-drawn wagon in a parade in Phoenix – circa 1916. Bootlegger’s Take Warning, Arizona’s Dry.

Budweiser Clydesdales in D.C. after the repeal of Prohibition.

Wagons and early automobiles share the street in downtown Joplin, Missouri. Date unknown.

A Minneapolis or St. Paul delivery wagon – photo Steve Ketcham

A Minneapolis dairy – photo Steve Ketcham

A bit blurry since the photo subject was moving in a parade. We have no idea where this one was taken. – photo Steve Ketcham

Washington, D.C. 1922. “J.C.L. Ritter – Polli Food Products truck.” – National Photo Company Collection glass negative

Morning rounds – Dairy delivery truck

Fred D. Follet, the milk man.

This photograph was taken in the latter part of the 1800’s, and shows the market square in Cleburne, Texas.


The original Mayer Bottling Plant. Charles Mayer is standing in front of wagon with hat and vest on. The wagon to the right appears to be driven by Joseph Drackert. He owned the Drackert delivery, hauling and storage company in Hammond and delivered the bottles for Charles. The two young boys are probably Charles’ sons. ** (Hammond Brewing Co. Indiana)


P Stumpf & Co Wagon


Billson’s Brewery


Irish Travellers also called pavees, tinkers or gypsies, are a traditionally itinerant ethnic group who maintain a set of traditions. Although predominantly English speaking, some also use Shelta and other similar cants. They live mostly in Ireland as well as having large numbers in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Their origin is disputed. Around 10,000 people in the United States are descendants of Travellers who left Ireland, mostly during the period between 1845 and 1860 during the Great Famine. About 2,500 of them live in Murphy Village, a community outside North Augusta, South Carolina. [Wikipedia]


Vaseline Hair Tonic wagon


Early oil transportation wagons.


Local Fire Department wagon


Saw your updated wagon post and thought of this “real photo” postcard. Let us not forget that bitters too, were delivered by horse and cart. This is the S 134 Smyrna Bitters. The post card is undated. – Joe Gourd

Horse pulled wagon for the Philadelphia Circus.

Overloaded Wells Fargo Express wagon

Moxie marketing wagon. Dr. Augustin Thompson set up practice in Lowell, MA, which was home to many patent medicines. He wanted to make a cure-all which did not contain harmful ingredients like cocaine and alcohol.

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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One Response to How we Transported our Goods, Beer and Liquor Back Then

  1. Hello,

    My name is Kate Mayer and I read with great interest your letter from a Mr. John Bertalan from Giessen, Germany, commenting on your article about early transport. Chas. Mayer was my father’s grandfather and I know he would be extremely happy if he were able to contact Mr. Bertalan and exchange stories and information about their common ancestry. Would you mind contacting and then forwarding this message to Mr. Bertalan so that he would be able to contact me if he was interested? My email address is

    Many thanks for your work and interesting and informative articles and, hopefully, a contact with Mr. Bertalan.

    Kate Mayer

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