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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Loading Zone: 1939

Loading Zone: 1939

September 1939. "Minneapolis, Minnesota. Trucks loading at farm implement warehouse." Another behind-the-scenes look at Twin Cities trucking. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Calling George Raft

Shades of "They Drive by Night."

Combination body

As some near-useless information for the city-slickers her. The F.L. Fagen truck has a multi-purpose bed of a type that was still common when I was a kid in the '70s. Those trapezoidal panels hanging on the side are for a livestock loading chute. Here the truck is configured as a flatbed.

The truck will also serve as a bulk grain hauler with the right header and tailgate in place.

All that's necessary to move from one function to next is some thorough broom work.

Tight Fit.

The clearance sign is probably intended for trainmen riding on the sides or tops of boxcars on the track closest to the freight shed where the gondola car is spotted.

No clearance?

I see plenty of clearance between the man's head and the overhang. Most of the time you see the number of feet and inches before the word clearance on a warning sign of any type.

Realistic

Now this photo is more natural with trash strewn about.

Snappy Coupe

There is a snappy coupe hiding behind the Wilson truck. Can someone identify the make model and year?

Huge Improvement

These models look much more realistic than the models in the last photo.

 
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