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The Red Truck: 1940

The Red Truck: 1940

Field workers in Mississippi circa 1940. View full size. 35mm color transparency by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

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International C Series

This truck could also be an early 1937 model as the International C Series trucks were current from April 1934 until March 1937. The completely restyled International D Series trucks were not introduced until March 1937.

This truck looks like a 1936 IHC 1-ton Model C30 Platform Stake Truck. International trucks were available in sizes ranging from 1/2 ton C-1 and C-5 models to the 7 1/2 ton A-8 model. The ligher models had 'skirted' front fenders, but the heavier models, as shown here, wore 'flowing' fenders.

The four cylinder models (C-5, M-3, and C-20) were powered by Waukesha engines, while all 6 cylinder models used International engines.

International continued to recover from the Great Depression. Calendar year registrations were 31,555 in 1934; jumped to 53,471 in 1935; and advanced again in 1936 to 71,958 giving them a 11.03% market share in 1936 and third place in truck sales.

With the introduction of the C Series trucks, International no longer needed Willys-Overland to produce the old 1/2 ton D-1 series of trucks.

Old school truck

You won't see a lot of those trucks these days. Personally, I think they're pretty old school and that adds much to their mystique.

[When I was a kid, we rode on an old school bus. - Dave]

About the truck.

About the truck. Right now in Auto in the Ontario section there is a 1934 Dodge Brothers truck for sale that is the spittin' image of the truck in the picture, right down to the color.

[Does it say INTERNATIONAL on the hood? - Dave]


Just beautiful. And yes, the wind in the trees has a painterly effect, reminds me of Van Gogh's "Cypresses."

International Harvester Truck

Looks like a 1936 model, possibly 1935.

The wind

Can you feel the wind in the picture? Look at how it shapes the trees.

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