Motor Car Dragons Help Earn a Living for Their Owners (Sep, 1931)
Motor Car Dragons Help Earn a Living for Their Owners
TERRIFYING in aspect and noisy enough to wake the dead is the dragon wagon built by Fred Jolly, Indianapolis airplane designer. Jolly is solving his unemployment problem by becoming a modern town crier.
The two dragons, built in imitation of prehistoric dinosaurs, are made of plywood and mounted on both sides of a small sedan. When the car moves the dragons move their heads up and down, open and shut their jaws, and move their feet in a life-like manner. A phonograph inside the car is connected with an 11-foot horn to produce roars and music. The vehicle is rented out to attract attention to processions, and for similar purposes.