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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Tutti Frutti Trucks: 1943

Tutti Frutti Trucks: 1943

Freight depot of the Army consolidating station at Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

And The Flavors Are:

Cars from left to right with the exception of the partial first and last ones: 1939 Nash, 1941 Chevrolet Fleetline, 1937-38 Buick, 1936 Plymouth, 1939 Mercury, 1937-38 Dodge, and a 1939-40 Buick.

The trucks are from left to right: 1939-40 Chevrolet, 1941-43 International, 1941-43 Dodge, 1937-39 Stewart, 1939 GMC, 1933 Diamond T, 1941-43 Chevrolet, and a 1938-40 Studebaker.

The first partial car might have the manufacturer's name in the center of the spare tire, but the photo is not clear enough to read the writing. Possibly a mid-1930s Graham?

1800 block of West Pershing

Those buildings are still standing today. They used to be the HQ for the City of Chicago Board of Education. Now they house the Board of Elections and specialized units of the Chicago Police Dept.

I think I know that woman!

Mom?

Babe Alert!

...fourth truck from the left. Sitting on the fender

 
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