Modern Mechanix – Dog Transportation

12 Sep

Today we feature some vintage magazine articles from The Modern Mechanix Blog. Modern Mechanix features old articles from issues of Popular Mechanics, Mechanix Illustrated,  Popular Science, etc.  Here are some articles related to dogs and transportation…

December 1932

Traveling Comfort for the Dog

ANYONE who has ever attempted a long motor trip on which a large dog was taken along will appreciate the “Bird-dog’s Palace,” recently placed on.the market.

Made of sheet steel, insulated inside so that the animal will not come in contact with the metal, the “Palace” is so constructed that it may easily be clamped to the running board without marring the finish of the car. The barred door slides upward, permitting the dogs to be released without the driver having to leave his seat. An oil-cloth cover may be unrolled and buttoned into place if the weather is bad or the road dusty. The “Palace” is made in several sizes to accommodate all kinds of dogs.

June 1936

Dog Rides Comfortably in Sack on Running Board

When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer not having it inside the car, it can ride safely and comfortably in this sack, which is carried on the running board. The bottom of the sack is clamped to the running board and the top is fastened to the lower part of an open window with hooks, covered with small rubber tubing to prevent marring the car.

August 1938

Ventilator for Auto Trunk Makes It Safe for Dogs

Hunters’ dogs and other pets can be carried safely in the automobile trunk if a ventilator is provided. A vent which resembles the cap of the gasoline tank can be installed at the side of the trunk, well above the exhaust fumes. It is adjustable so that the proper supply of air can be supplied the dogs in warm or cold weather.

November 1939

Walking the Dog Drives Poochmobile
DOG power drives an odd vehicle constructed by Z. Wiggs, eighty-year-old dog trainer and former railroad worker of Denton, Tex. Operating on the squirrel-cage principle, the dogmobile has a giant central wheel which is revolved as a dog walks or runs on its inside surface. The four-legged canine engine is anchored to a central shaft by a special collar. Power is transmitted to rear drive wheels by means of a belt-and-pulley mechanism which the driver controls by a “gearshift” lever.

January 1952

Dog cart built with individual coil spring suspension and 20-in. bicycle wheels yields a soft ride. Its builder, Robert Fye of Seymour, Ind., used electric conduit for the frame and covered it with sheet aluminum.

September 1954

Pooch Is Up to His Neck In Automobile
European cars are small and have no room for large dogs, so an ingenious dog lover has converted the trunk into a roomy traveling kennel. A hole cut in the trunk lid permits the dog to get air and, if he desires, to see where he has been, at least.

September 1955

Car Exercises Dogs

With six racing dogs to keep in top shape, Dewey Blanton of Columbus, Ohio, has developed a “canine exerciser” that fastens to his station wagon. Blanton built a frame to support a long plank beside the vehicle. Springs fastened to the plank are attached to the dogs’ collars, permitting the dogs to run wide. Longer chains keep the dogs in check. The broad plank bumper prevents injury to the dogs as they race along at 35 miles per hour. Best of all, the dogs seem to love the exerciser.

And thats not all, there are lots of other interesting dog related articles featured on The Modern Mechanix Blog!

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