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This REO Speedwagon delivery truck is thought to have rolled through the streets of York, Pa.

Recognize this REO Speedwagon panel delivery truck that may have rolled along the streets of York, Pa.? Also of interest: Was the Valley Inn Garage part of Springettsbury Township’s old York Valley Inn? and Is this a York County farm truck or is it just a wagon with a motor? and When a Pullman automobile became a seesaw and Can York’s longtime claim as ‘Detroit of the East’ be proven?

York countians love their wheels, from the day that Conestoga wagons, coaches and carriages rolled through her carrying freight or passengers to all compass points.
Those wagons turned into motorized vehicles after the turn of the 20th-century, and York County participated in that new day by building cars and trucks here by the thousands.
An e-mail query put before Yorktownsquare.com readers today involves a truck that apparently operated on York County roads but was made elsewhere… .

Bellefonte, Pa.’s, Chris Maney supplied a photo (above) of a REO Speedwagon delivery truck and wrote:

I am trying to trace the history of a 1936 REO Speedwagon Panel that I believe roamed the streets of York, Pennsylvania until the early 1960’s. The vehicle was purchased in an estate auction held in State College, PA in October of this year.
An oil change sticker on the door jamb reads:
Chas. H. Hershner
243 W. King St.
York, Pa
The PA Inspection sticker is dated 1960.

If you can give Chris Maney an assist, please comment below.

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