The Detroit Historical Museum is exhibiting a large display of memorabilia from the heyday of Fruehauf Trailer, and a 1916 Fruehauf semi-trailer that was built using the blacksmith tools of that time is on display at the nearby Piquette Street plant where Henry Ford once produced Model T cars.
Former Fruehauf employees will be visiting these two facilities this summer during a reunion June 10-12. A slide presentation at the Piquette Street Plant by Ruth Fruehauf, daughter of Roy Fruehauf, will feature many of the company’s inventions, product developments and manufacturing techniques. Read more......
By Tom Berg - Trailer Talk
Students of trucking history are well aware of Fruehauf trailers, as that Detroit-based company once dominated the industry. They know the story of its origin by August Fruehauf, as recalled last year by his granddaughter, Ruth:
“It has been 101 years since Frederick M. Sibley, a Michigan lumber tycoon, walked into August Fruehauf’s blacksmith shop in Detroit with a problem. Sibley had an 18-foot boat he needed to haul to his summer cottage. He’d put the boat on a wagon, and he wanted to use his Model T Ford instead of a horse team to pull it. Could that be done? Read more........
What a great article posted in the Swedish publication, Klassiska. The layout is terrific and I love that they used so many photos. The author Sven-Erik Lindstrand is a super pro editor/writer who I met at MAT's in Louisville last year. It's too bad I can't read Swedish.
In 1956 Post Cereal Company offered a free collection of toy Fruehauf Trailers manufactured by the F&F Mold and Die works of Dayton Ohio. The collection included five varieties of Fruehauf truck trailers, freight van, moving van, tanker, gooseneck and flatbed. All five models were produced in four different colors; yellow, orange, red, metallic aluminum. Each Model also came with either black or white wheels. The entire collection in the series totaled forty vehicles. All of these models could be found inside Post Grape-nuts Flakes boxes.
By Michelle Moran - DETROIT — Global trade is so normal now, we take it for granted, but the transportation and sale of goods over long distances might have never been a modern reality were it not for a couple of men with local ties.
When lumber industry leader Frederick M. Sibley needed a way to haul an 18-foot boat to his lakefront Michigan summer home with a Ford Model T in 1914, he turned to the inventive minds of blacksmith and wagon maker August “Gus” Fruehauf and his business partner, Otto Neumann. A horse-drawn wagon would take days to make the trip, but Fruehauf and Neumann were able to modify the Model T and attach a trailer that could handle this heavy load. Thus was born the semi-trailer, an invention that paved the way for interstate and international trade as we know it today. Read more.......
The advancement of transportation accelerated the economic growth of all industries in the industrial booming United States. The Fruehauf Trailer Company contributed to the advancement of American industry.
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The society has created historical books and a traveling exhibit rich with Fruehauf memorabilia and archival materials. Our next book, “Fruehauf, the First Name in Transportation” an in-depth analysis of the company’s history will be published soon.
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