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On this episode, certified archivist John Rienzo discusses DIVCO (the Detroit Industrial Vehicle Company) and its place in the history of milk trucks. It's a story that stretches from the horse-and-wagon days through World War II into the post-War suburbanization of America. John is the author, along with Dr. Robert R. Ebert of Baldwin-Wallace College, of DIVCO: A History of the Truck and Company published by Antique Power in 1997.
The story of DIVCO crosses into automotive, economic, and social history. Along the way we touch upon early electric vehicles, the rise of refrigeration, and the taste of milk from clean glass bottles. If you have your own memories of milkmen or milk delivery, use the talkback button below to share them with us.
Shownotes with related links:
(Music Courtesy of the Mevio's Music Alley)
- 0:06 Introduction
Chris Kretz - Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian
- 1:05 Interview
John Rienzo, certified archvist and automotive historian
- Related Links:
- DIVCO Club of America
- DIVCO: A History of the Truck and Company
Find in a library via WorldCat.org
- White Ammunition
Although not dealing explicily with DIVCO, this World War II film shows the importance of the milk industry during wartime.
- Violent is the Word for Curly (Part 1) via YouTube
You can see a DIVCO truck in action in this Three Stooges movie from 1938. Fast forward to 6:44
- National Association of Milk Bottle Collectors
Song: "Abatina" by Kobo Town