The Way of the Wagon
August 7, 2011 10:15 PM   Subscribe

Classic Refuse Trucks. Your Home For Vintage Refuse Equipment.
posted by wobh (13 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
This is decidedly more cool than it would appear on the tin.

Some of the trucks shown here really bear a similarity to some of the trucks I remember seeing in while I was a child in a medium sized Midwest city.

And the Thiele Body Works trucks shown here and here evoke a by-gone era when garbage collectors (or is it refuse collectors) whistled while they worked and were one of the "people in your neighborhood".

And there's this. Which might actually be what I am thinking of.
posted by IvoShandor at 10:47 PM on August 7, 2011

This is the web I fell in love with.
posted by sageleaf at 11:03 PM on August 7, 2011 [3 favorites]

BEST OF THE WEB. I'm in heaven. Thanks a bunch!
posted by the noob at 11:42 PM on August 7, 2011

is it anti-social of me that I've always wanted one that, instead of compacting the trash and whisking it away, instead shreds it all up and blows it all over the place?
posted by sexyrobot at 12:57 AM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

I imagine you could flex out some windows into those refuse tanks, built in a door, some nice knitted curtains, a sundeck on the top, et voila: the perfect hipster motor home.
posted by fordiebianco at 2:37 AM on August 8, 2011

I like 'Unsolved Mysteries'.
posted by MtDewd at 3:19 AM on August 8, 2011

I misread this as "Classic Refuse Tracks," and was confused at not finding a bunch of metalcore punk behind the links.
posted by Maaik at 4:42 AM on August 8, 2011

However, readers should enjoy this fascinating look at the world of French refuse collection vehicles, particularly the accomplishments of Fernand Rey, a seminal figure in the development of hydraulic refuse packers with both SITA and later SEMAT.

It's sentences like this that, in my darkest hours, let me still love the internet. Viva obscure obsessions!
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:18 AM on August 8, 2011

Ah, you click on interior view and it shows you a rare view of the compacting blade, not the cabin.

You know what deserves this sort of loving documentation? Everything.
posted by hawthorne at 7:38 AM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

I can't upvote this post enough: Honestly, this is absolutely one of the best links I've seen in years. 10 years ago, there were many magnificent obsessional monuments like this one on the WWW, now they are nearly all gone, or hidden away (or ripped off). Bravo!
posted by growabrain at 8:05 AM on August 8, 2011

When he was little, my son loved garbage trucks so much. This site gave me nice sentimental moment. great post.
posted by theora55 at 9:26 AM on August 8, 2011 [1 favorite]

A contender for the Old Man and the C-Drive AskMe thread.
posted by HLD at 10:30 AM on August 8, 2011

How about getting two or three of these? What every hoarder needs!
posted by BlueHorse at 10:51 PM on August 8, 2011

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