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Dope Wagon, Aluminum

Product ID: 13902

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Insulated, aluminum dope wagon with a hinged wooden top, on wheels. A dope wagon was utilized in factories of the south in the early 1900's to carry and distribute packaged foods, snacks, drinks and other items, such as headache powder, cigarettes and more. At the time, the word "dope" was used as a slang term for the beverage Coca-Cola. Coke gained this name due to the original formula, which was marketed as a health tonic, containing small amounts of the drug cocaine. Factory workers relied upon these dope wagons whilst on their extremely long shifts, in which breaks were short, or non-existent, often opting to eat while working. As workers were required to sustain high energy levels and productivity during the entirety of their shift, they looked to the "dopes" to maintain their stamina. This wagon was salvaged from a building in downtown Kannapolis, North Carolina, as the city begins an intensive downtown revitalization project. Items from this job are featured on Season 9, Episode 1, of the DiY Network show, "Salvage Dawgs". Weight: 440 lbs.
Item Measurements: 30(L) x 67.5(W) x 39(H)

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