Featured Photos: 1917 Texaco Tanker Trucks

Texaco Fuel Trucks 1917

A Texaco Petroleum tanker is delivering its load of fuel to Reed Brothers Dodge in this circa 1917 photo. The delivery driver seems to be wearing his best suit on this job, something that you don’t see these days at all.

Texaco Fuel truck

A circa 1917 Texaco Petroleum Truck sits in front of Reed Brothers Dodge after delivering its load of fuel.

The most essential vehicle of the early 20th century (and today) had to have been the tanker truck. In the pioneering period of tanker trucks, 1910 to 1920, The Texas Company was among many that were fitted with tanks to carry refined products such as gasoline, kerosene and fuel oil.

All that remains of some models are vintage photographs in an archive somewhere. A few restored tank trucks are in transportation museums.

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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