Guide Silent Milk Trucks with “Joy Sticks” Like Plane’s (Sep, 1929)

Guide Silent Milk Trucks with “Joy Sticks” Like Plane’s

NOISELESS milk trucks, steered with “joy sticks” like those used in the controls of an airplane, have been introduced in Los Angeles, California. They were recently put in operation, and persons living in the residential districts of the city are no longer roused from their slumber at an early hour by the creaking and banging on the pavement of the old type milk wagons. The new trucks have no steering wheels. They are controlled by either of two “sticks” placed on each side of the truck in the driver’s seat. These allow the milkman to operate the truck from the running board so that he does not have to be squeezing in and out from behind the wheel while making his route. This objection to using regular trucks is therefore eliminated. Brake and clutch pedals are also on each side of the car on the running board, and shift levers are so mounted that they, too, can be operated from the side.

12 comments
  1. Ray says: January 7, 20106:32 pm

    OK, I give. How does joy stick control have an effect on the noise emitted by these trucks? Seems like apples and oranges to me.

  2. Firebrand38 says: January 7, 20107:39 pm

    Interesting company. It was started in June of 1916 by Merritt and Rhoda Adamson. The name Adohr actually came form spelling the name Rhoda backwards. The cows were finally sold in April of 1976.

  3. Rick Auricchio says: January 7, 20108:00 pm

    And the bottles still rattle in the back…

  4. Firebrand38 says: January 7, 20108:16 pm

    As seen in this post http://blog.modernmecha… Boston still had horse drawn milk wagons in 1932.

  5. Toronto says: January 7, 20109:37 pm

    There were still first-generation electrics around in 1929, weren’t there? They make ideal milk trucks (assuming ice was used for cooling, not a motor-powered cooler.) No clutch, no idling engine, easy to duplicated the controls on either side if desired.

  6. Firebrand38 says: January 7, 201010:25 pm

    I think I found the patent for this control system http://www.google.com/p…

  7. Firebrand38 says: January 7, 201010:28 pm

    GOT IT! In a complimentary article in a contemporary issue of Popular Mechanics, there is a different photo of the same truck and it’s described as electric!

  8. mike says: January 8, 20107:25 am

    If they made it cow powered instead of horse or motor powered the milk would be even fresher.

  9. Firebrand38 says: January 8, 201010:49 am

    mike: That’s not necessarily a good thing.

  10. Julian Bradshaw says: January 10, 201012:20 am

    I remember horse drawn milkwagons in montreal in the early sixties.The milkman would go with his milk baskets,& when he finished delivering about the app.16 guarts of milk the horse would have advanced 2 meet him.A truck can’t do that

  11. Firebrand38 says: January 10, 20101:06 am

    Julian Bradshaw: It isn’t supposed to.

  12. NH says: January 15, 20108:57 am

    A similar arrangement was used in refuse removal lorries in the Netherlands, from the 1930s through the 1950s, to enable the driver to pilot the vehicle whilst walking along next to it at the kerbside. The complete set of driving controls was duplicated including a steering wheel mounted on a horizontal axis such that it appeared to be stuck onto the side of the cab! The accelerator and brake were controlled by hand levers, including presumably a parking brake. As these machines were of the “fore & aft tipper” type, that tipped the entire body up to a vertical position to consolidate the load, a control for that purpose was present as well.

    These were eventually discontinued, most likely because they were a hazard in traffic. The driver could not see automobiles on the far side of the lorry, and there was the ever-present risk of the machine trundling off on its own, with the crew hurrying along to catch up and stop it.

    But I imagine it must have been quite a sight in its heyday, looking to passing motorists as if it went along magically without a driver in the cab, as the dustmen went about their business at the rear.

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