Riders on Rear End of Truck Kept Off with Barbed Wire (May, 1936)

Riders on Rear End of Truck Kept Off with Barbed Wire

The owner of a large truck fleet who had experienced several accidents resulting from boys riding on the rear ends of the trucks, used the method shown to discourage this practice. Boards were wrapped with barbed wire and fastened to the tailboards of the trucks with spring-steel clamps so that they could be removed easily when loading or unloading. Signs on the tailboards gave warning of the wire to anybody trying to steal a ride.

3 comments
  1. Al Bear says: May 18, 20087:43 am

    Try doing that todat and some idiot gets cut, and he’ll sue you.

  2. KHarn says: May 21, 20086:51 am

    Part of the reason for this was for the hitch-hiker’s safty and the driver’s liability (As pointed out by Al Bear). But another reason was to keep bums from stealing from trucks.

  3. beagledad says: May 21, 20081:35 pm

    How ’bout they just close the tailgate?

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