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Fruit Tramps: 1936

Fruit Tramps: 1936

July 1936. Yakima, Washington. "Fruit tramps from California who have come to the Yakima Valley for apple thinning." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


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Vehicle ID

Okay, this roadster screams 1929 Model A Ford - i.e. bumpers, wheels, radiator shroud, general body shape, Ford oval in headlight glass, etc. But the emblem on the shroud is clearly not the Ford Oval. What gives? Can you do a closeup and shed some light on this mystery?

[See comment below. Also, here's a restored 1929. - tterrace]

What Is It?

I'd swear that's a Model A Ford, but the radiator badge defeats me completely. Some sort of aftermarket overlay, a political protest or something? Or am I just wrong about the car being a Ford?

[California State Automobile Association badge. - tterrace]


I worked in pear packing sheds in Newcastle California in the late 40's and early 50's to earn spending for the school year. I met many people who followed the fruit starting in southern California and going through Napa, Medford Oregon and north to Washington. Some had tents and some pulled small house trailers. They worked very hard, and they were pleasant to work with. Most were older people supplementing their Social Security.

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