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The Family Bus: 1941

The Family Bus: 1941

October 1941. "Children of Dan Sampson, who moved out of the Pine Camp expansion area in August, waiting in the family car for the school bus near South Rutland, New York." Medium format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.


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Pine Camp

Now Fort Drum, one of many posts significantly expanded to train troops inducted on the eve of our entry into World War II. It's still going strong as home of the 10th Infantry Division (Mountain).

Evidently the Sampsons were among those families whose land was acquired through eminent domain.

What it is

The car is a 1927 Chevrolet.


Nice door lock.

Frumpy faces

I drive two granddaughters to a school bus stop most mornings and I'm sure glad that they, and nearly all the other kids that collect there, have smiles and happy exchanges with one another while they wait the arrival of the bus. The children in this photo look like smiles are way down the road from them. Sad, isn't it?

A Chevy, but --

This is a Chevy Sedan, but sports a Franklin lion radiator cap. And those tubes on the inside of either fender are air tubes for horns that no longer adorn the vehicle.


The chromed, curved tubes look like customized horn trumpets (rusted off at the ends) to me. It looks like Mr. Sampson enjoyed adding special accessories to his Chevy but never seemed to get around to fixing that door latch. I like the belt wrapped around the pillar!

Chrome tubes - horns?

I think Curious was referring to the thin chrome tubes projecting in front of the radiator. they go into a device inside the fender that looks like a horn diaphragm, but if so, I would expect the tubes to flare out.

Good mechanic

Looks like 1925-1927 Chevrolet 2 door, and judging by the very different paint condition on the fenders, hood, and other body panels, I'm guessing it was salvaged, possibly out of two or more cars. Given that not every car lasted that long those days, testimony to a guy who knew his way with a wrench and a screwdriver.

Chrome tubes

Those chrome tubes appear to go to horns mounted on the inside of the fenders. I also dig the lights on the visor over the windshield.


Anyone know what the function of the chrome tubes attached to the inner part of the front fenders might be?

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