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Color Wheels: 1943

Color Wheels: 1943

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


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Power steering

I drove a flatbed of the same vintage when I worked in a tannery. The power steering worked the same way as the power brakes, and the non-synchro transmission, muscle power. Notice the wide arc of the steering wheel.

Armstrong Cork?

Looks like that sign on the truck's side could be Armstrong Cork. I think they used a lot of product as insulation on USN ships.

A customer of mine

Way back in the mid 70s/early 80s time frame, Maryland Shipbuilding was one of my customers on the B&O RR. We'd leave them a few cars about every night, just inside their gate. They moved them around in their facility with self-propelled cranes. Of course, the amount of work there in my time was a fraction of what it was for these fellows in the photo.
Maryland Shipbuilding folded about 1996. The last time I was down there, Toyota was using the large lot to store new autos.

No raises in 1943

...due to price controls and rationing. Those boys are happy to be sending another boat on the way to fight Hitler and Tojo, I think. They're also happy because a few years ago, a lot of them were unemployed.


The truck is a circa 1937 International D300 COE.

Did they just get a raise?

That's the happiest group of workers I've ever seen.

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