Thomas H. Monahan & Sons - 1901-1917 - Providence Body Company - PROBCO - 1917-1950s Providence, Rhode Island


   

Thomas H. Monahan & Sons was a blacksmith shop founded in Providence in 1901. The father was a veterinarian, sons Joseph and John were wheelwright and clerk, respectively. In 1902 they became the Monahan Vehicle Company and proceeded to build wagons. By 1908, however, their city directory reference changed to "wagons and automobiles," which was continued through 1915. In 1917 there was another name change to Providence Body Company and their role now was "motor truck body builders." And it was in this vein that the company continued for the next two and a half decades. What automobiles Monahan built were doubtless to custom order.

Providence Body Company is a known fire apparatus body builder.

PROBCO - Providence built tractor-trailer truck and tanker bodies in the 1950s. Have pic of 1956 Zippo lighter given out by the firm

 

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