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Ferrous Hauler: 1942

Ferrous Hauler: 1942

May 1942. "Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska. Farm boy bringing a load of scrap iron to town." Seen here earlier fixing a flat. Photo by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size.

 

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Tall enough to reach the pedals

In those days, farm kids learned to drive as soon as they were tall enough to reach the pedals. In the early days of WWII, my dad at sixteen was driving trucks in Iowa. This lad might be fourteen or fifteen. If he is eighteen before the end of the war, he'll probably join up. My dad did.

Gone Vachon

Did the kid throw the photographer into the trailer? Don't forget your pump, fella.

Plowshares to Swords

In 1942, that load of scrap iron will soon be used for the war effort.

Hauler ... hauler ...

Man! This has to be one of the best Shorpy titles ever.

Watch fob

I’ll bet he has an Ingraham dollar watch in that pocket.

Game face

The young man looks barely old enough to drive but he sure has perfected his don't-mess-with-me expression. Right on.

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