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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Truckin: 1937

Truckin: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Repairing government trucks at the Treasury procurement section." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Procurers of ...

What do you think the Treasury was procuring there in the "fuel yard," way back yonder? Nudge, nudge, wink wink, say no more.

By the way, it's easy to see here the origin of the term "well-heeled," which is what these guys were not, even if their shoes were Buicks.

Straightforward

Don't you just love the simplicity of that engine? Pre-regulation power and performance -- and yes, pre-regulation pollution -- but it didn't take a rocket surgeon to keep one running either.

Carb Query

Is it possible to get a close up of the carburetor? There a word stamped on it, and I can't quite read it.

[It's a Carter carburetor. Or "Carbureter," as the company spelled it. - Dave]

Vented

I noticed that they are both wearing the same types of shoes with vent holes in the side.

Stylin'

Cool socks.

 
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