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Let's Roll: 1941

Let's Roll: 1941

December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "Halftrac scout cars ready for the Army except for the addition of certain pieces of Army equipment. The cars as they stand in the yard of a Midwest manufacturer are ready for combat duty." View full size. 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

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A Stitch In Time

The vehicles on the right are M2 or M3 halftracks. White produced 15,414 for the war department. Autocar, IH, and Diamond T made them also, to make a total of ~43,000 produced for the war effort.

When sewn, the soft clear window material is protected by paper to eliminate scratching. The white remnants are from this paper. (I've stitched up a few soft tops and convertible top windows in my day.)

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Notice the side "windows" are gone from the effects of sunlight and ozone.

[Look closer. The brand-new plastic side curtains are 100% intact. The light part is a reflection of the sky; there's caulk (?) around the edges. - Dave]

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