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Tutti Frutti Trucks: 1943

Tutti Frutti Trucks: 1943

Freight depot of the Army consolidating station at Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

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And The Flavors Are:

Cars from left to right with the exception of the partial first and last ones: 1939 Nash, 1941 Chevrolet Fleetline, 1937-38 Buick, 1936 Plymouth, 1939 Mercury, 1937-38 Dodge, and a 1939-40 Buick.

The trucks are from left to right: 1939-40 Chevrolet, 1941-43 International, 1941-43 Dodge, 1937-39 Stewart, 1939 GMC, 1933 Diamond T, 1941-43 Chevrolet, and a 1938-40 Studebaker.

The first partial car might have the manufacturer's name in the center of the spare tire, but the photo is not clear enough to read the writing. Possibly a mid-1930s Graham?

1800 block of West Pershing

Those buildings are still standing today. They used to be the HQ for the City of Chicago Board of Education. Now they house the Board of Elections and specialized units of the Chicago Police Dept.

I think I know that woman!


Babe Alert!

...fourth truck from the left. Sitting on the fender

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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