Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Steamroller in Jerusalem 100 Years Ago -- an Update

"Steamroller (sic) in Jerusalem" with U.S. and
Turkish flag outside of the Old City's Jaffa Gate
We recently posted a feature on a "streamroller" in the streets of Jerusalem.

We received this clarification from the folks at the British Road Roller Association.

My colleagues have responded that this is not a Steam Roller; it's an American-built Austin motor roller with two somewhat narrow flywheels (in the style of much later A&P motor rollers) - and I would therefore assume the flag denotes its origins. It's thought to be from around the time of WW1.

2 comments:

  1. I was in the exact same spot a year ago via the israel tourism showcase. How much has change in a hundred years. I wonder how much will change in another 100 years.

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  2. Look at that motor roller. It's still surprising that the same road rollers we use today came from these rickety contraptions.

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