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Tank: 1942

Tank: 1942

I'm not sure who exactly took this photo but it could have been my great grandfather who fought in WWII. The photo was taken in April of 1942 in what I'm guessing is Rochester N.Y. The back of the photo has printed on the back: Chas. J. Ewing 402 Temple Bidg. Stone 2482 Rochester N.Y. April 6th, 1942 View full size

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Charles Ewing

I should have checked before submitting my previous comment. The 1942 Rochester City Directory lists Chas. J. Ewing as a photographer with an office at 14 Franklin (the address of the Temple Building), room 402. The directory doesn't list phone numbers, but I still think that's what ST-2482 was.

Temple Building

The Temple Building is an office building in downtown Rochester, built in 1925. (http://www.templebuilding.com/lifestyle/history) I suspect Charles Ewing had an office there, suite 402. "Stone 2482", in that case, would probably be Ewing's office phone number, though it normally would have been written "STone"; at the time, six-digit numbers were still used in many places.

Bumper Number

I think the 35th Armor Regiment was at Pine Camp, New York at this time. They were part of the 4th Armored Division.

Tank So!

It's a tank all right, just not a very big one. This is an M3 Light Tank (known as "Stuart" or "Honey" in British service.) It weighed a bit over 14 tons and was about 8 feet wide.

Tank Not

I'm not totally sure what this tracked vehicle is, but I'm betting it's not a tank of 1942 vintage. The width is way wrong for a tank.

Rochester for sure!

The big building behind the trees is the old Naval Armory, which now houses the Geva Theatre. Great picture!

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