Depression Era: Making-Do With Used Tire Innertubes

Californian remembers her father 're-treading' old tires with the tread from larger tires.

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One year, during the depression era, Christmas was coming closer each day and father was out of work. He walked to look for work. The tires on the Chevy were worn thin and no money for tires. One day a friend of my father told him he had four used tires in his garage but they were a size larger than what my father's Chevy used. My father did some thinking - the innertubes were good on the Chevy. He accepted the tires his friend offered. He cut the bead off the larger tires and a wheel at a time from the Chevy, used tire irons to put each over-size tire over a worn-out tire. It wasn't an easy job, but when finished they were ready to go.

Lucile Hebert
Yucaipa, California

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community.