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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Schrader balloon tire pressure gauge & 1922 Hupmobile.

Ninety years old and still working perfectly.

In 1923 my paternal grandfather purchased a brand new 1922 Hupmobile, (took a while to get here by ship) at the same time he got this Schrader, Balloon Tire, Pressure Gauge. I suppose it came as part of the cars accessories.

This item has now been in the families possession for 90 years.

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Made of nickle plated brass. 

The chamois pouch is also in perfect order

The name of the manufacturer. A. Schrader Son, Inc.

Made in Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A.

Rated to measure from 10 to 42 lbs. This gauge still works perfectly. Vintage Schrader pressure gauges are going on eBay for $8.50.

The pres stud on the chamois pouch also in perfect working condition.

A 1922 Hupmobile. Price about $750.

Driving home in their new car, top down, my grandparents put my father, not quite three years old yet, on the back seat. No baby seats back then. Along the way my grandfather hit a bump in the road and my father went sailing over the back of the car. It was several miles further before my grandparents discovered he was missing. They found him sitting on his bum in the middle of the road, shaken, but otherwise unhurt. 


Gorges Smythe said...

No doubt there wasn't a lot of traffic back then. :-)

Mark Kautz-Shoreman said...

Good story. Can't believe the tire pump is only going for $8.50. Seems to me it would be worth a lot more.

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