- Posted February 21, 2014 by
Rochester, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shopping carts in the wild
Shopping carts, their uses! Part 2.
Deep in the heart of Rochester, a historic city, sets probably the oldest construction-trucking companies in the city. Founded back in the early 1950's. Family owned and operated still today!
The terminal is a typical old trucking terminal built back in the mid 1960's. All block.
There's the offices, break room,and the shop. And of course the oil room. The oil rooms in those days were built off of the main bays where the mechanics would bring the trucks in for repairs and maintenance.
Wednesday as I got back to the terminal, fueled up and parked I had to get some windshield washer fluid. This stuff is also kept in the oil room. As I was pumping the fluid into my jugs, I looked around the room and saw a "shopping-cart". I've never seen it before..
I looked closer and flipped, a good follow up picture for this assignment from the first shoot I did for this assignment.
Sometime back in the years, (and this cart isn't a newbie) according to a few stories I heard, one of the mechanics came up with the idea to hook this wooden spool up on the handle bars of the cart and wind the steam jenny hose around the spool.When the steam jenny was needed, they would wheel out the cart, fire the jenny up and unwind the amount of hose as needed. Pretty clever..
And for history's sake, the "shopping-cart" was invented by Silvan Nathan Goldman on June 4th, 1937.