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YAK Car Pic of the Day

restored I-H Metro van

Some days, when there’s not much in my head, unordinary things tend to creep in there. Like yesterday (maybe while you were watching the Bills’ game) I got to thinking about the old delivery vans which used to roam our Lancaster neighborhood. Then I started zeroing in on one or two — this one (below left) popped up first: a 1952 International Harvester Metro van used by the Jewel Tea Company. This was an outfit that delivered household supplies (cleaning, cookware, linens, etc.) right to your door… don’t remember if the guy really wore a tie, but back then you never know. The I-H Metro van was designed by Raymond Loewy, whose firm also penned the 1953 Studebaker and the Lucky Strike cigarette pack. Those two things however, didn’t creep into my head yesterday. (But, I guess they’re there now.) The other van I was thinking of was the Hall’s Bakery truck, which I seem to remember as being a early-fifties Ford with a pick-up cab and a walk-through box. Anyone has a photo of one I’d love to see it.

Jewel Tea van, 1952 paint scheme


old Mayflower moving van

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