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Canned Heat: 1935

Canned Heat: 1935

August 9, 1935. San Francisco. "GMC truck -- Associated Oil fuel tanker." Short but sweet. 8x10 inch Kodak nitrate negative. View full size.

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If "What's Your Sign?" didn't work...

"Let's Get Associated". That was my pick-up line in college.

How times have changed

I must say, that is NOT how my delivery man was dressed the last time I had a tank of oil delivered.

All the latest

Neat turn indicator devise mounted on the corner post.

The guy behind the wheel

looks like the poster boy for the guy in the "Let's Get Associated" logo!

Short in two dimensions

For years I wondered why old tank bodies rode so low. Recently it occurred to me that the tanks probably weren't baffled. A high center of gravity is especially dangerous when your liquid load makes waves. Can any truck experts tell me when baffles were introduced?

And they said --

we couldn't make the shortest truck in the world.

Let's Get Associated

From our collection, a time- and tape-ravaged Associated Oil road map, probably used on my folks' honeymoon trip.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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