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Motor Haulage & Carting Contractors.This interesting old invoice turned up in 2006, some 81 years or so after it was written out.
This particular invoice was issued by a Mr Smith, of Leeds, who, it would appear, was a driver to John Bragg & Son, who were Motor Haulage and Carting Contractors in the 1920s. The paper is super-fragile and looks like it was torn from a pad, so its quite surprising that it survived at all. Bragg & Son were located on Savile Street (off the Bradford Road) in Dewsbury, a town in Yorkshire. The named partners in the business were a John W. Bragg, and Edgar Bragg (presumably father and son). They also operated one or more char-a-bancs, offering tours around the lanes of Yorkshire and to seaside resorts at a guess.
Deciphering the handwriting on this invoice is less than easy. It looks like the destination was Morley, a town near Leeds. I can't make out the rest of the description, other than the date of November 25th, 1925.
The ride would have been decidedly rough in this lorry - note the solid rubber tyres, and wooden-spoke wheels. The condition of roads in the 1920s were nothing to write home about either, with many thoroughfares being little more than rough tracks, with few featuring properly finished road surfaces like we have today. This flatbed vehicle was photographed with a hefty load on the back, the rear springs are well flattened.
Just visible in the cab is a driver, and on the far side someone stood facing the camera - presumably the two business partners. Below is a clearer picture of the lorry, scanned from the original document.
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