Hoover cart at election day demonstration

Hoover cart at election day demonstration
Two people in a mule-drawn Hoover cart reminding voters of Herbert Hoover's administration and urging them to vote for Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 Presidential election. The sign attached to the side of the cart reads "This is life in Hoover Days, Demonstrating Republican Ways 1932". The Hoover cart was driven by North Carolina farmers as a form of transportation during the Depression and was built by taking the rear wheels off of a car and attaching them to a cart. The cart was then pulled by either mule or horse. The drivers of these carts would stop at service stations for water for the horse or mule and air for the tires, for which there was no cost. Date from negative sleeve.
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12cm x 10cm
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East Carolina Manuscript Collection
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Bruce Pickett Sep 20 2018

In the picture shown of the Hoover Cart it is using the front axle of a car or truck with the tie rod showing at the rear (small rod between the wheels attached to the steering arms) and not the rear axle assembly as the center section (Hog Head as it was called) would be shown in the middle of the axle. where the drive shaft would attach.Some carts used the leaf springs from the cars/trucks but most were mounted solid like in the picture.

Comment received by Admin Mar 25 2010

Many thanks for the Hoover Cart picture. For forty years I traveled the SW states selling furniture for NC factories; when the subject of the Depression came up, I would make mention of Hoover Carts, and no one had ever heard of them. I do believe they were indigenous to Eastern North Carolina.

Comment received by Admin Mar 25 2010

To make a Hoover Cart you cut the car in half, take the back half, rig shafts to it so that a mule can be hitched. The flat tires are stuffed with rope and off you go to town. The Hoover Cart was indigenous to Edgecombe and its surrounding counties during the 1930s.

Beth Winstead Feb 06 2009

The building in the background was the Post Office. This is on Evans Street. The Pitt County Courthouse would be behind the photographer

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