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Dairy Motor Maid: 1943

Dairy Motor Maid: 1943

June 1943. Bryn Mawr, Pa. "Mrs. Helen Joyce, one of the many women now working for the Supplee-Wills-Jones Milk Co. She has one child and her husband is a seaman first class in the Navy." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.


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Unauthorized passengers

Hmm. I wonder if that sign was in the Baker's Dairy truck that used to deliver our milk in the 1950s in Moline, Illinois. The milkman, Bill something or other, had had the route for ages, and he sometimes allowed a couple of us kids to ride to the end of the block with him. The milk was cooled with ice, and he would chip off a piece for us in the summer. The truck looked a lot like this one.

Your Ration Board at Work?

Is that a Sealtest Butter ration card we see above the window? I understand that butter was rationed in 1943 - not that I am old enough to know.

[It's not a ration card, but it does show the "consumer point value" of a pound of butter. - Dave]

Indeed it is a Walker

Gas Motor/Generator and Electric motor on the rear axle. Just like a train locomotive. The giveaway is the wood roof (canvas outside) The Divco Twin while still having a trolley/street car cab, also had a metal roof. Based on personal experience driving a Divco with a stand-up clutch/brake system, the Walker Electric was likely much easier to master. Not that the Divco was hard, you just had to get you head around balancing and driving with one foot and very different throttle/gas pedal.

[The van Mrs. Joyce is driving would seem to be purely electric -- there's no radiator grille. - Dave]

Walker Driver

This looks like a Walker electric truck.

We have a new low.

That vehicle is to ergonomics what Picasso's "The Weeping Woman" is to beauty.

Be Careful, Mrs. Joyce!

That plaque over your head is unambiguous, if my old eyes are reading it correctly:

The Driver of this Vehicle
is Positively Forbidden to Allow Any-
One to Ride with him except
Authorized Company Employees
on Company Business.

Calling Ralph Nader!

It looks like she is driving a back porch around the neighborhood.

I'd hate to be in one of those during a collision.

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