Photo: Midland Valley Tank Line Car No. 8055


Bob Chaparro
 

Photo: Midland Valley Tank Line Car No. 8055

Photo from the Columbus Metropolitan Library:

https://digital-collections.columbuslibrary.org/digital/api/singleitem/image/transport/2354/default.jpg?highlightTerms=freight%20car

Description:

“This Milton [sic] Valley Tank Line car was built by the American Car & Foundry Company of Milton, Pennsylvania sometime prior to October 1909. It may have been at the Ralston facility for updates or repairs.”

Notice the “Inflammable” stencil. Both flammable and inflammable mean "capable of being easily ignited and of burning quickly".

In the 1920s the National Fire Protection Association urged Americans to start using the word flammable to avoid confusion and prevent fires because they thought people may mistake inflammable as meaning not being able to burn.

Sometime in the late 1950s the ICC regulations shifted to the use of "Flammable" on placards. Anyone have a year for this?

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

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