MANUFACTURING: Trailer-maker

Into the Detroit smithy of Wagon-maker August Charles Fruehauf (rhymes with blew-off) one day in 1915 walked a lumber dealer. To the blacksmith he posed a problem: Could he make a two-wheel cart to hitch behind a truck, haul lumber from yard to job? August thought he could. In no time his two-wheelers were delivering lumber all over Detroit, and a brand-new U. S. industry was born: the commercial trailer.

Not until Depression I did highway hauling come into its own. By that time the trailer had become an adjunct to the inter-city...

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