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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Tank: 1942

Tank: 1942

I'm not sure who exactly took this photo but it could have been my great grandfather who fought in WWII. The photo was taken in April of 1942 in what I'm guessing is Rochester N.Y. The back of the photo has printed on the back: Chas. J. Ewing 402 Temple Bidg. Stone 2482 Rochester N.Y. April 6th, 1942 View full size

Bumper Number

I think the 35th Armor Regiment was at Pine Camp, New York at this time. They were part of the 4th Armored Division.

Tank So!

It's a tank all right, just not a very big one. This is an M3 Light Tank (known as "Stuart" or "Honey" in British service.) It weighed a bit over 14 tons and was about 8 feet wide.

Tank Not

I'm not totally sure what this tracked vehicle is, but I'm betting it's not a tank of 1942 vintage. The width is way wrong for a tank.

Rochester for sure!

The big building behind the trees is the old Naval Armory, which now houses the Geva Theatre. Great picture!

 
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