June 23, 2019
Here’s a posting about the entire painter’s log, added to my new digital history library: https://legeros.com/blog/seagrave-paint-log-1906-1951.
March 20, 2016
What do the pages of the painter’s log look like? Here’s an example:
And here’s a page that mentions Tarboro, North Carolina. Page 119, from 1933. The notation says something like “April 18th, Mr. Wolfe J. Fleming and C. Babcock went to Tarboro, N.C., came back April 29th, 1933.” Why did they travel? Was their trip related to the rigs on that page, or the earlier Tarboro rig? No idea.
Here’s a list of Seagrave apparatus deliveries in North Carolina, as transcribed from a copy of the Seagrave Master Painter’s Record, which recorded all trucks painted at their plant in Columbus, OH, from May 1906 to September 1940, plus four entries from September 1942, and from September 1943 to December 1951. (There were gaps during World War II.)
It constitutes the only known record of Seagrave serial numbers, which were job numbers used for its own internal manufacturing and cost record system. (And when apparatus was returned for repairs or repainting, the notes note, the apparatus received a new serial number.)
How complete is this list? First, we’re hoping for zero transcription errors. Did multiple passes, so crossing fingers there. What about deliveries not record in the painters log? Such as rigs produced for our state during World War II. We’ll see if readers have information about other trucks, or supplementary information worth noting.
Also, the first entry in the book in Gastonia’s wagon. Two-horse wagon. How many of these are horse-drawn rigs? Guessing the first couple, tops. Thirty-two rigs are listed. That’s far fewer than American LaFrance delivered during the same period. ALF was the predominant builder of motor fire engines in our state, during that time. Somewhere over 350 rigs.
|2||Gastonia||2 horse wagon||1805||5/9/06|
|22||CW||Asheville||6392||2/17/11||CP red 4891|
|27||W||Smithfield||8763||6/6/13||SC PR 4891|
|29||T||Tryon||Spelled “Tyron” in log||10145||12/3/13||4891|
|31||Auto CW||High Point||11176||6/6/14||white|
|32||City C T||Asheville||12044||11/6/14||CPR 4891|
|93||Service T||New Bern||49750||10/22/27||DUCO 1623|
|111||P||Tarboro||extra fancy||63420||9/24/30||Battleship Gray|
|121||P||Charlotte||repaint / repair||78255||12/15/34||5137|
|141||Ford P||Aberdeen||A4160||2/15/39||Spec bk [book]|
|150||Ford 500||St. Pauls||B9900||2/9/44||P & R____
Gold t____ [trim?]
|154||J1000 P||High Point||C4815||9/_/45||Red|
- C – Chemical
- P – Pumper
- T – Truck, service ladder
- W – Wagon, hose
- CW – Combination Wagon, chemical and hose
- CP – Coach Painter’s
- CPR – Coach Painter’s Red