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Hahn Motor Truck Company deluxe bus photographs

1928
 Collection
Accession: 1999-234

Abstract

Hahn Motor Truck Company was a manufacturer of fire trucks and buses. The company built its own chassis and commercial trucks such as delivery vehicles and construction vehicles. This small collection consists of three views of an unoccupied Hahn Motor Truck Company deluxe bus: two exteriors and one interior.

Dates

  • 1928

Creator

Extent

6 item(s)

General Physical Description

6 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.

Historical Note

Hahn Motor Truck Company was a manufacturer of fire trucks and buses. The company built its own chassis and commercial trucks such as delivery vehicles and construction vehicles. William G. Hahn (1878-1937) began as a carriage maker in Leesport, Pennsylvania. In 1900, he moved his business just a few miles away to Hamburg, Pennsylvania. In 1907, he produced two motorized vehicles: a car and a truck. Hahn decided that trucks would be more profitable and began manufacturing trucks in addition to wagons under the W.G. Hahn & Bro. company moniker.

By 1913 truck production was so popular the company shifted its focus and changed its name again to Hahn Motor Truck & Wagon Co. During World War I, Hahn produced trucks and fire apparatus for the war effort. The company discontinued manufacturing carriages in 1920. Hahn took over the former Bethlehem Motor Truck Company plant in Allentown in 1927 and moved their offices there, although the Hamburg plant was continued until closing in 1989.

Scope and Content

There are three views of an unoccupied Hahn Motor Corporation deluxe bus (two copies of each): two exteriors and one interior. The bus is painted, Pleasure trips and picnics and marked Wm. Frantz, Prop., Minersville, Pa. The photographs were enclosures in an accompanying letter signed by H.F. Dicke, Vice-President, East Penn Traction Company, of which a photocopy exists. Written in 1928 to the General Manager of the East Penn Traction Company of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, it informs him that the bus is for sale for $9,000.00.

Location

GL Box 1.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Hahn Motor Truck Company deluxe bus photographs
Status:
Date:
2015
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Audiovisual Collections Repository

Contact:
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