I just happened to seeyour site when I was hunting for the history of the Beiderman Company.
One of yourcorrespondents asked if anyone had any detailed knowledge of the company. I donot, but here is my personal knowledge of the company, based on an 88 years oldmemory.
In 1945 my father wasthe superintendent of a wholesale grocery company in Xenia, Ohio, about 60miles north of Cincinnati. As such he was in charge of the fleet of deliverytrucks.
During World War II newtrucks were not available, but he needed to replace some very old trucks.Somehow he was able to find some old Beiderman delivery trucks. These trucksoriginally had solid rubber tires, but somewhere along the line had beenconverted to balloon tires. The windshield wipers ran off engine vacuum so whenyou accelerated they stopped working. They had a handle on them that you coulduse to manually operate them when this happened. The cab ceiling was wood lathecovered by canvas and the steering wheel was a large wooden affair.
My father made manytrips to the factory in Cincinnati during those war years to get replacementparts to keep them running. The entire staff knew him quite well and treatedhim like royalty. On several of thosetrips I accompanied him and always got the tour of their factory, which Ithought looked more like a early machine shop. On a couple of those trips myfather would drop off my mother and me at the railroad grand central station,which was a small town in itself. We would spend the entire day there visitingthe shops, restaurants and, as I recall a movie house. He would pick us up onhis way home.
As I recall, and Ithink this is correct, during the war they stopped making civilian trucks andmade Air Force crash and fire trucks. I remember seeing a single turret, fireengine red, truck being made.
In 1950, upongraduation from high school my father hired me as the fleet truck mechanicshelper. One of my first jobs was to cut up the retired Beiderman trucks byusing a cutting torch. I salvaged all the oak flooring from the beds of thetrucks and later used them to make furniture. Seventy years later I still haveone of the bunk beds I made from this oak.
Since Beidermandelivery trucks were no longer available after the war, he switched to DiamondD trucks which we picked up at the Chicago factory and drove back to Xenia.
I have always had afond remembrance of the Beiderman company.