Hand Truck from Prohibition Era Surfaces


Back when Al Capone waged war on prohibition and Babe Ruth dominated pro baseball, Hamilton Caster began to build hand trucks. Nearly a century later, one of our original relics still chugs along thanks to the help of Dan and Edna Whiteley.

After discovering the hand truck at an auction in Southeast Ohio, the couple restored it close to its original condition.

Although the model is the same as the trucks we built in 1920s, we can't be certain exactly when it was made because the serial number is worn off. But production date aside, the Whiteleys were impressed that the rig still runs smoothly and that we still manufacture all of our products in Hamilton, Ohio.

Capable of hauling 1000 lbs., the fully armored Model 31-A hand truck weighs just 65 lbs., making heavy loads a breeze to haul during the Roaring Twenties. Reinforced steel prevented deterioration and helped the truck last a lifetime.

Even in a new era, some things, like Hamilton's unmatched durability, will never change. And thanks to the Whiteleys' passion for "back in the day" hardware, we can relish the nostalgia, too.