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This is the Kennett Square Historical Commission's 1922 Model T Ford.

Jacob Noznesky and his truck

1922 Ford Model T Canopy Express, owned by the Kennett Square Historical Commission; driven and maintained by Lou Mandich, Jr.

The Model T Ford was made from 1908 through 1927; more than 15,000 were produced. There were many small changes over the years but the basic 22 horsepower 4 cylinder engine and 2 speed transmission were basic throughout the production run.


This particular vehicle was purchased by Jacob Noznesky in 1922 to replace the horse and buggy he used to collect junk throughout the borough of Kennett Square. It was fitted with a York Hoover body with side curtains in the cargo area and drop down windows in the cab section. The lettering on the door used to read:

Jacob Noznesky




Scrap metal

Kennett Sq., Pa

In 1940 the lettering was painted over and “Jake"s Town Car” was substituted for a special borough parade and celebration of “Old Home Week”.

Jacob Noznesky was a Russian Jew who fled to New York in the early 20th century. He soon found work on the P.S. DuPont estate at Longwood. He asked Mr. DuPont if he could have the lead pipes that were being removed from the estate. He then trundled the pipes to the railroad station in Kennett Square in a wheelbarrow – a distance of 4 miles- where he sold them at a profit. Shortly thereafter, he became the “Rag and Bone Man”; pushing his cart through Kennett Square and advertising “Throw nothing away – Call Jake”. Soon, he graduated to a horse and cart and bought property adjacent to the railroad station.

By the late 1920’s, he had established his sons in the towing and automobile repair business in 3 locations in downtown Kennett Square and had built a large building near the railroad station and had begun to purchase other properties around town. A large friendly man, Jake lived until 1950, and was featured in the ‘Reader’s Digest’ series, “The Most Unforgettable Character I’ve Ever Met”. He had been successful enough that his family owned nearly ¼ of the real estate in town by then.

Over the years, family members moved away. As his daughter Sarah neared the end of her life, a decision was made to sell the Ford and the K.S. Historical Commission was the high bidder. Since 1999, the vehicle has been exhibited in local events and driven in nearly every parade. Driven by Lou Mandich in June 2011, it officially won the hill climb event at the Model T meet at Hay Creek, PA. (But John Fleming’s car had the best unofficial time and beat “Jake” by half a second after it was released from wood sawing duty). John allowed Lou to keep the trophy.