Wagon pulling a Model T

Wagon pulling a Model T, c 1915 (in Southern Humboldt, I think)

I wish I could thank the person who took this picture.  It says a lot, don’t you think?


7 Responses to Wagon pulling a Model T

  1. random guy says:

    it immediately brings to mind the true story of pancho villa and the popular mexican ditty “la cucaracha”, which was so named because pancho villa traveled in a broken volkswagon bug that had to be pulled by horse, which everybody dubbed…la cucaracha.

  2. olmanriver says:

    hmmm… wonder how that fits with the original chorus:

    “La Cucaracha, la cucaracha, doesn’t want to travel on…
    Because he hasn’t, oh no he hasn’t marijuana que fumar”?

    I got the chorus off a pre-1920 lyric page.

    • Lynette M says:

      Hey ‘River,
      I know enough spanish to know he didn’t have marijuana to smoke. 1920s… I wonder how long that particular “weed” has been around ?

    • random guy says:

      I might be wrong that it was a volkswagon bug, but not about the legend. You should also find lyrics that go something like “the cockroach cannot travel because he is lacking, because he doesn’t have, legs with which to walk”…and alternate “cannot dance/travel because his legs are broken”…or something to that extent.

  3. laura says:

    Hey Lynette, This photo reminds me of a passage in Ken Roscoe’s book, about the early automobiles in the Mattole Valley (i think it was Ken’s book, though maybe it was Neb’s, and i don’t have the book here to quote exactly, so i paraphrase):

    After a run-in with one of these contraptions, old man Roscoe said, “Ernest, we must go to town and speak to the DA and get these hell-wagons off the roads. They will never do anything but scare our horses and need a team to pull them out of ditches!”

    • Lynette M says:

      Love it !
      When I talked to Evo Fanucchi, he said that in the 1920s trucks/trailers were still horse drawn because they were cheaper and more reliable than motorized trucks.

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