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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Truck vs. Texaco: 1940s

Truck vs. Texaco: 1940s

Scan from a stereo slide probably in the late 1940s near Titusville, Pennsylvania, taken by Ralph E. Archer (my grandfather), who owned and operated a camera store there from 1929 to 1961. Uncertain as to the year but maybe someone will recognize the truck model or what's left of it. It's from Anthony F. Glass Trucking of New Philadelphia, Ohio. My main interest in this photo was how both that Texaco sign and gas pump ended up inside the front fender. View full size.

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I'll take a stab at it.

By the look of that recessed windshield and the little of the hood badge that is visible I think we are looking at a White model WA 20 or 21 super power. Very popular as vocational trucks in the late 1940s. Big old flat head six for a motor with maybe a twin stick 5x3 transmission. Just how the driver managed to tear two gas pumps out of the ground, twist the Texaco sign in behind the bumper and knock the front axle loose on the truck without catching fire is a mystery. How about that EDBD dump trailer. That's a cutie.

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For sharp results, scan slides at the highest possible resolution, generally 4,000 dpi. Then resize to around 2,000 pixels wide before baking in a 350 degree oven. Post here. Serves six!

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