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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Patriotruck: 1942

Patriotruck: 1942

July 1942. "Service station in Mechanicsville, Md." Our second visit to the Midway Garage. Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

What's that stuck on the window?

My friend Hank says the sticker in the windshield may have been for war-time gasoline rations - having letters A, B or C, where A is low priority, and C is highest priority.

It's all done with wires

Those of us brought up with duct tape too often fail to appreciate the value of baling wire and old clothes hangers.

Starting Crank Hole

Sealed beam headlamps, but there is still a hole in the grill for a starting crank .... just in case the battery dies.

 
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