Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bennett Buggy, Hoover Wagon: Ox Tows Disabled Lawn Tractor

Towing my lawn tractor back to the shop for repairs reminded me of the Bennett Buggy and the Hoover Wagon of The Great Depression. Folks who had purchased automobiles in the good years before the economic downturn now found that they either couldn't afford gasoline or it wasn't available --- a number of automobiles had their engines removed and were hitched to oxen or horses to provide transportation.

Ox Team pulls 1933 Bennett Buggy, Crescent Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada

Bennett Buggy Pulled by an Ox and Horse Teamed Together. Saskatchewan, Canada

The Bennett Buggy was named after Prime Minister of Canada, Richard Bennett, and the Hoover Wagon was named after the President of the United States, Herbert Hoover. Both served during The Great Depression of the 1930's. I have not found a photo of a Hoover Wagon; does anyone have one?

1 comment:

Ned Cannon said...

Extraordinary blog! Interesting; found as I Googled "Hoover wagon" for a 1934 journal I'm typing for a client (her mother wrote on Idaho farm.)
You probably ruled out this photo, but here's address anyway:
[Caption:] A Bennett Buggy or Hoover Wagon, depending on where you lived.