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Walla Walla Wheat: 1941

Walla Walla Wheat: 1941

July 1941. "Port Kelley, where wheat belonging to members of the Walla Walla Grain Growers is stored and shipped by barge to Portland. Walla Walla County, Washington." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Photograph of photographer's equipment

It looks to me like photographer Lee has left a tripod in the photo, at the left.

Left turn reverse.

If the driver is backing into the open bay, turning the steering to the right will cause the trailer to turn left. That long wheelbase tractor combined with a short trailer would make a rig that was quick to react to steering inputs in reverse and difficult to follow to stop the turn. I know when I started driving reverse moves where much easier with a long trailer as opposed to a short one.

My father, who had been a truck driver since 1945, would often tease me that he "had more miles backing up than I had going forward." He was probably right.

Cool sweet water

It looks like the driver has a desert water bag hanging off the front bumper of the truck. To me it looks vulnerable there but that may be the only place to get enough airflow. There is still a grain terminal at the same location.

79 years later

Newer facilities, but most everything else is the same.

A place so nice

they named it twice, that's what the sign said in 1958.

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