Rearview mirror – 1930s

The 1930s were the decade in which many world-famous buildings were constructed in Manhattan in New York. They included the Empire State Building skyscraper and the Rockefeller Centre business complex.


This decade also saw the development of the underground railway or subway in New York into one of the largest systems of its kind in the world. At the same time, the large dam in the River Colorado between the states of Nevada and Arizona, the Hoover Dam, was completed.

Mack trucks also made history, as they were used in many of these new construction projects. This photo shows a Mack truck hard at work on the subway construction site.

The AC and AP models were used primarily. They were famous for their strength and robustness. These trucks were produced at the Mack Plant in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where the company had moved from Brooklyn at the start of the 20th century.

The AC model was also given the nickname of the “bulldog” by British soldiers during the First World War. They thought it was as strong and dependable as a bulldog. The symbol of the small dog has come to characterise Mack and proudly adorns the front of every Mack truck.

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