An American Trolley Car Fruit Cart

    Unknown maker, American
    Late 19th/early 20th century
    Iron, glass, wood, rubber
    100 inches high x 132 inches wide x 51 inches deep

    This restored fruit cart trolley is fully functional and very attractive with its etched glass, bright paint and fine oak upper frame and canopy. The 33-inch wheel base has rubber covered red iron wheels and a tongue attached to the front for pulling. The rear has a knuckle style coupler for attachment to another car.

    This type of car was popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s when street vendors were a common sight on America's city streets. This car has complete glass intact with 'Fresh Fruit' etched on the middle pane back glass between two highly-etched panes with floral designs. The front and rear glasses have the same floral etching and the curb side of the car has a fold down glass window to allow access to the interior of the car. Inside, a slatted wooden shelf can be lifted to display the fruits that the vendor would offer. A galvanized tin reservoir with a drain hole is fitted inside at the edge of the car acting as an ice receptacle to chill items for the vendor and his customers.

    Golden Movement, Los Angeles (1979)

    The canopy over the car gives the fruit cart a San Francisco 'cable car' look.

    Condition Report*:

    Completely restored, the car is in excellent condition.

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    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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