The Bookmobile joins Team Penguin Monday 27 September, 2010

A recent addition is the Wood County Library’s former bookmobile.  Built on a Chevy van 30 chassis, the bookmobile contains a 4000 watt generator that draws fuel from a shared tank with the engine petrol, a propane heater, as well as a RV-style A/C and heater unit.  More photos of the interior to come soon! […]

Bookmobile

A recent addition is the Wood County Library’s former bookmobile.  Built on a Chevy van 30 chassis, the bookmobile contains a 4000 watt generator that draws fuel from a shared tank with the engine petrol, a propane heater, as well as a RV-style A/C and heater unit.  More photos of the interior to come soon!

The body was built by….(big thanks to Wiki, article here)

The Gerstenslager Company, a subsidiary of Worthington Industries, is a maker of past model body panels for several major auto makers. In the 1950s the company was best known for making large custom vehicles such as Bookmobilescanteens and mobile television units.

History

The company started in 1860 as a carriage factory known as the Wehe Company in Marshallville, Ohio. In 1882 blacksmith George Gerstenslager went to work for the company, and by 1904 was the owner and eponym. In 1907 the company moved to Wooster, Ohio. In the early 1920s Gerstenslager changed from production of buggies, surreys and wagons to van bodies and special truck bodies.

After World War II Gerstenslager began producing custom-built mobile units such as Bookmobiles, fire rescue vehicles, dental units, canteens, mobile X-ray units, mobile hospitals, as well as mobile television units used by the major networks. The company also built vehicles for the United States Postal Service. In the early 1950s, Gerstenslager designed five Wienermobiles for the Oscar Mayer hot dog producer. In the 1960s the company expanded to make parts for the automotive, truck and agricultural industries.

In 1997 Gerstenslager was acquired by Worthington Industries of Columbus, Ohio. The company then expanded into the past-model auto metal stamping industry.

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