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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE MIAMI: c. 1960s

Make Way for Trucklings!

Make Way for Trucklings!

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore. Girl driver on a supply truck." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Who captions these things?

So interesting to see the term "girl" applied to this very capable, mature woman behind the wheel.

[Quotation marks indicate descriptions accompanying the original negative, generally made at the time by the photographer. -tterrace]

We called them

pulljitneys

Challenge:

Find the Caldecott Medal.

Can anyone identify

that logo on the front of the tractor, it looks like a lightning bolt going through a heart.

The One Man—or woman—Gang

It would appear the young lady is in charge of a Towmotor model C or a variation thereof. Lester M. Sears formed the company in Cleveland, Ohio in 1919. The model C was prized for its 5' 3" turning radius (as evident by the sharply angled front wheels)making it popular in the crowded confines of factory and ship docking areas. In 1933 a lift mast was added and the material handling business was changed forever.

Towmotor's slogan became "The One-Man Gang." Today, many people refer to lift trucks generically as Towmotors.

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