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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Transportation Inc.: 1943

Transportation Inc.: 1943

March 1943. "Montgomery, Alabama. Local delivery truck driver." Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hat Pin

The hat pin above his left ear is his Chauffeur's License Hat Pin. The pins were unique to each state that issued them.

Greyhound hat pin

on the left. Was this an expression of solidarity with fellow drivers, or maybe a previous employer?

Found this vintage Greyhound driver's hat on Etsy, very similar to what this guy is wearing.

Seen any sharks?

He looks like a young Robert Shaw.

Look Him Up

In the dictionary under "teamster" you'll probably see his picture.

Once upon a time

We were a trim country.

King of All Truck Drivers

We've seen many shots of truck drivers on here, but this guy absolutely rules. Not only does he have the badges going on, but they're pinned to some sort of Napoleonic-era quasi-military forage cap. The gold braid over the brim puts him over the top. If you see this guy coming up behind you, you'd best get the hell out of his way!

One of our home front heroes.

Truck drivers like this gentleman, train crews, ship/boat/barge crews and airline crews kept the goods and the people rolling during the war. Couldn't have won the war without them.

 
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