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This object appears in the following sections:


Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Fixing Cars

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Spitler puncture plug
Catalog #: 1982.0321.01, Accession #: 1982.0321
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This plug was used to repair automobile tires.
Physical Description
artifact. small metal circle. Diameter 3/4", 1/2" Deep
Details
Date Made:
about 1915
Credit:
Gift of Francis Hemminger
History
Early automobile enthusiasts had to cope with bad roads which damaged their tires. And the tires themselves also contributed to regular blow outs: the first automobile tires were usually adaptations of bicycle tires. They were highly pressurized, and often failed.

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