Re: Oscar Mayer Freight Car taken in 1931

Douglas Harding

Claus thank you. You are correct that is a Decker tank car, used for various fats, like lard, and for blood and hog urine. The tank cars were gone by the early 30s, replaced by leased units.

You cite two groups of Decker reefers, there were others.


Doug Harding


From: <> On Behalf Of Claus Schlund \(HGM\)
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2020 1:32 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Oscar Mayer Freight Car taken in 1931


Hi Doug,


Certainly a nice image, good sleuthing that you spotted the retouching of the photo.


I like the Decker tank car, reporting marks might be JEDX 23. According to my Dec 1930 ORER, Decker has the following series of tank cars: JEDX 20-37 and JEDX 40-92


I also like the view of the Decker reefer on the far end of the image, looks like DMRX 2873, Decker had the following series of reefers: DMRX 2520-2544 and DMRX 2800-2904




Claus Schlund



----- Original Message -----

Sent: Monday, August 03, 2020 10:47 AM

Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Oscar Mayer Freight Car taken in 1931


To cite an example of a retouched photo. Attached is a photo scanned from a company brochure published by the Decker & Sons Meat Company, circa 1930. The photo shows the loading area, but what stands out is the large Decker lettering on the side of the reefer. However if you look close, you will see reporting marks on the end of the car indicating it is a HyGrade reefer, a Mather reefer. Someone doctored the photo for the brochure, painting out the HyGrade lettering and inking in the large Decker lettering. For what its worth I have yet to see a photo of actual Decker reefer with that kind of lettering.



From: <> On Behalf Of Douglas Harding via
Sent: Monday, August 3, 2020 8:08 AM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Oscar Mayer Freight Car taken in 1931


No dimensional data, no reporting marks, no other required lettering for interchange service. Very likely a photo or negative that had lettering applied. Was a common technique for advertising photos.


Doug Harding


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