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100 Years of American LaFrance by Walter MP McCall All-American Truck Stops Autocar Trucks of the 1950s
All-American Truck Stops
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Most comprehensive book ever published about this highly regarded fire apparatus manufacturer.
It may have been long ago, but there once was a time when truck stops catered primarily to truckers. Here is the story behind the evolution of yesterday's truck stops to today's travel plazas. This is the first history of America's truck stops from the early years of the two-lane "Mom & Pop" facilities where Dad pumped fuel and made minor repairs, Mom and Sis served up sandwiches and Junior washed windshields and cleaned headlights right up to the truck stops and travel plazas serving today's truckers and motoring public on the Interstates. This entertaining history is heavily illustrated with vintage black and white and clor photographs, as well as period advertising and other memorabilia that focuses primarily on the huge variety of truck stops that served America's trucking industry during America's postwar expansion of the 50's and 60's. Autocar’s roots go way back into the early 1900s and became known for tough and rugged trucks. When WWII came, very few trucks for civilian use were produced and by the end many trucks were worn out from constant use. After the war, civilian production began again in full force because of the lack of new trucks. In 1950, when Autocar introduced the new driver cab, the louver design was eliminated. The old style flat windshield sleeper cabs were used up until 1953 (the same year that Autocar was purchased by the White Motor Co.) when the new sleeper cab was introduced. Autocar became the top-of-the-line marque for White and marketing focused primarily on specialized applications, such as construction, logging, mining and oil industries. See the rest of the “World’s Finest” helping do their part to revive America in the 1950s.
Autocar Trucks of the 1960s Autocar Trucks: 1899 - 1950 Photo Archive by Robert Gabrick Brockway Trucks 1948 - 1961 by Thomas E. Warth
As we start the 1960s, the current Autocar truck models were well on their way in popularity. White had purchased Autocar in 1953 yet Autocar trucks continued thru to the 1970s as part of the "Big Four" White brands. The Interstate Highway System was being expanded through the country in the '60s, but many roads were still rugged. The cure for many truckers was to buy an Autocar, highly regarded as a rough, tough and sturdy truck. Ron Adams picks out the best in his vast collection of Autocar truck photos, all the hardest working trucks hauling goods across America in the 1960s, one of the most interesting decades in trucking. Not only does Adams provide detailed information about the trucks, he doesn’t forget the trailers, trucking companies, and hauling configurations seen in the photographs. Large, detailed archival photographs with informative captions tell the story from the first Autocar Truck built up to 1950 when the Autocar Driver Cab was introduced. By Robert Gabrick.  Publisher:  Enthusiast Books, 126 pages. Brockway trucks at work and in detailed factory photographs from the March Trucks Historical Museum.
Crown Firecoach 1951 - 1985 Photo Archive Diamond T Trucks: 1911 - 1966 by Robert Gabrick Divco: A History of the Truck and Company by Ebert & Rienzo Jr
Published Iconografix, Crown Firecoach 1951 - 1985 by Chuck Madderom, illustrates the history of Crown Firecoach. Travel back in time to see the handsome Diamond Ts in large archival photos with in-depth captions and a concise company history.  By Robert Gabrick.  Publisher:  Enthusiast Books, 126 pages. Introduction: "Divco was a survivor. For 60 years, Divco survived the trials and tumult of the Depression, a world war, numerous mergers and acquisitions, and a dramatically changing environment for its product, multi-stop delivery trucks. After almost exactly 60 years, Divco production came to an end in early 1986. Even at the end, in one sense, Divco was a survivor because it was a profitable product for its builder. The Divco story is one of trucks, people, and a changing economy. It is a tale of innovation and creativity as well as one of mistakes, oversights, and miscalculations. In the pages that follow, we hope the reader will gain an appreciation for the environment in which Divcos were designed, built, sold, and used and how they came to be 'America's Favorite Milk Truck.'" (160 pages)
Dodge Heavy-Duty Trucks 1928-1975 by Don Bunn Evolution of Cab-Over-Engine Trucks Federal Trucks by Robert Gabrick
Dodge Heavy-Duty Trucks 1928-1975 by Don Bunn
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Federal Trucks by Robert Gabrick
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By Don Bunn. The most detailed history you will find on Dodge Heavy-duty Trucks is finally available. From Dodges earliest three-ton models in 1928 to the 1975 models that never happened because Chryslers management pulled the plug on the heavy-duty truck business, this informative reference guide chronologically walks the reader right through time.

With this easy-to-follow format, find a specific model year or time period to know what your favorite trucks specifications were, what engine it used, what improvements and changes were made on it from the prior year, and so much more. Vintage photos show the trucks, engines, and interiors when they were new.

See the rarest Dodge Heavy, F-Series, G-series, diesels, B-Series, the famous Roy Rogers 1955 Dodge tractor for pulling Triggers trailer, Power Giants, M-Series, Tilt Cab sleepers, cab forwards, Big Horns, Airflows, all being used in a variety of configurations for hauling, dumping, and other work that takes a big rig to do the job right.
American COE (Cab Over Engine) designs began to appear as a way to maximize loads and abide by individual U.S. state length regulations. By shortening the overall length of the truck cab the trailer size could be increased while staying within the overall length limit dictated by each state. COE trucks would help play a vital role in America’s industrial growth over the ensuing decades. All the major truck manufacturers are featured along with the many models offered throughout the decades into the 1970s, as well as a brief look at the COE models offered through the 1980s to today. By Robert Gabrick. “Since 1910…Federal Trucks Have Been Known in Every Country—Sold on Every Continent.” One of the great “independents” from Detroit, Federal produced a “high quality truck at a good price.” In July 1910, Martin L. Plucher, vice president and general manager of the newly formed Federal Motor Truck Company, personally conducted the first Federal truck to Lynn, Massachusetts, for delivery to its owner. From 1910 to 1959, Federal assembled over 160,000 trucks for all types of uses including delivery vans, buses, garbage trucks, and over the road heavy haulers. Whatever its use, Federal declared, “You can expect years of faithful service.” In World War II Federal produced 11,338 military vehicles, earning the coveted Army-Navy “E Pennant” four times for production excellence. After the war Federal experienced the same difficulties experienced by other independents. Despite the 1950 introduction of the Style Liner and the restyled Golden Eagle Series, introduced in 1957, production of Federal trucks ended in 1959. This Photo Archive chronicles this admired truck through large-format archival photographs with detailed captions. See these legendary trucks once again.
Freightliner Trucks 1937 - 1981 by Robert Gabrick GMC Heavy Duty Trucks 1927 - 1987 by James K. Wagner Going the Greyhound Way: The Romance of the Road by Robert Gabrick
Freightliner Trucks 1937 - 1981 by Robert Gabrick
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GMC Heavy Duty Trucks 1927 - 1987 by James K. Wagner
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By Robert Gabrick. Archival photographs combined with in-depth captions document Freightliner trucks from their first trucks up to their partnership with DaimlerChrysler. Published by Iconografix, 126 pages. Unable to find a manufacturer to build his new design, Leland James, the founder of Consolidated Freightways, founded what would become Freightliner. Photographs handpicked from the Freightliner Corporate Archives, combined with in-depth captions, document Freightliner trucks from those first trucks up to its partnership with Daimler Chrysler. Through the years Freighliners trucks brought many innovations including the all-aluminum cab, the integrated aluminum sleeper compartment and the full 90 degree tilt cab, all documented in the book. By James K. Wagner. Focusing on GMCs most fruitful six decades, from 1927 to 1987, this book offers a prologue and epilogue to round out the 100+ year history of GMC trucks and their predecessors Rapid and Reliance, with particular emphasis on the heavy-duty models. In-depth coverage of all models, engine specifications, year-to-year changes, and model-by-model genealogy charts is included, as well as the story of GM's role as a heavy-duty truck maker and the influences of Max Grabowski, William Crapo Durant, and Alfred P. Sloan Jr. An essential book for truck enthusiasts, historians, restorer's, and anyone interested in General Motors. Archival photos, many from the National Automotive Historical Collection, show these models in pristine form. Published Iconografix, Going the Greyhound Way by Robert Gabrick, illustrates the impact Greyhound buses had on America.
International Heavy Trucks of the 1950s by Ron Adams International Heavy Trucks of the 1960s Lost Truck Legends
Lost Truck Legends
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A visual feast of International Heavy Duty trucks at work in the 1950s. Includes delivery trucks, tankers, garbage trucks, over-the-road trucks, off-highway trucks and much more.  A must for all trucking enthusiasts!!   By Ron Adams.  Published by Iconografix, 126 pages The success of International's 1950s semi-trucks continued into the 1960s. Many series were carried over from the 1950s, but International now offered more models in each series to make them more versatile. The pictures you see in this book mainly cover the bigger straight trucks and over-the-road and off-highway trucks; the popular trucks like the V series, R series, D-400, DCO-400, CO-4000, and the line of “stars,” to mention a few. As you look at them, enjoy and admire them, as many are long gone. Here you go truck fans, a book just for you! Featuring small-scale independent truck manufacturers, this book offers a selection of trucks no longer manufactured, but that in their time had a solid reputation. Basically, because of supply and demand, the smaller companies couldn’t compete with the large manufacturers in the long run, yet they offered technological innovations, unique styling, or met a specific market niche to the trucking industry. Detailed histories along with vintage photographs hark back to a different era of these gone-but-not-forgotten, yet still-today-admired orphan trucks. Available, Fageol, Hug, Corbitt, Hendrickson, Dart, Garford, Republic, Bederman and a few others are portrayed with historic images through the 1930s-1970s time period.
Mack Trucks by Thomas E Warth Modern Fire Trucks: An Illustrated History from the 1980s - Present by Kent Parrish Overnite While You Sleep: Auto Freight Memories by Ken Goudy Jr.
Mack Trucks by Thomas E Warth
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By Thomas E. Warth. ''Built Like a Mack Truck'' --- a phrase that has become synonymous with strength and quality. Here is a photographic review of Mack Truck products over the years. This is the largest collection of Mack Truck photographs ever published. These magnificent photographs have been selected from the extensive collection in the Mack Truck Historical Museum archive and are of the finest quality. 8.5"" wide x 11"" tall.

An illustrated history of modern day fire trucks from the 1980s forward.
Published by Bennett Printing Company, Auto Freight Memories in the series of Overnite While You Sleep books by Ken Goudy, Jr.,  is a reflection of the author's personal memories of growing up in the auto freight industry and his heartfelt tribute to the truckers of the Pacific Northwest.
Overnite While You Sleep: Western Trucking Pioneers by Ken Goudy Jr. Peterbilt 1939 -1979 by Ron Adams Peterbilt Trucks of the 1960s
Published by Bennett Printing Company, Western Trucking Pioneers, in the series of Overnite While You Sleep books by Ken Goudy, Jr.,  includes stories and photos of the companies and men who were the freight pioneers of the west. Part of the At Work Series published by Iconografix, Peterbilt Trucks 1939-1979 by Ron Adams, covers the history of Peterbilt through word and images. T. A. Peterman needed a better truck to haul logs in the northwest, so after experimenting and then acquiring Fageol Motors, he came up with a formula to create rugged, tough trucks to battle curvaceous, undependable mountain roads, earning the nickname ‘betterbuilt’ trucks. Peterman died in 1945, but management helped make Peterbilt a serious producer of heavy-duty trucks up to its sale to PACCAR in the late 1950s. In August 1960 Peterbilt moved to a new facility and became a division of PACCAR, carrying on its own tradition while retaining its product line. A western builder, Peterbilt’s popularity escalated throughout the states through the 1960s, leading the company to start a new plant in Tennessee by the end of the decade. At the height of their popularity, Peterbuilts are portrayed through large format photographs taken at the time when these heavy haulers were put to work. See them in action and read about both the trucks and owners who operated them.
Peterbilt: The Evolution of Class by Warren Johnson REO Trucks 1910  -1966 by Robert Gabrick Semi Trucks of the 1950s
Semi Trucks of the 1950s
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Factory data and literature that shows the complete line of Peterbilt trucks that have evolved in the last sixty years. 256 pages Here is the story of REO trucks – presented through archival photographs and in depth captions. After WWII Americans were anxious to re-stoke the economy after a long “make-do with what you have” dry spell. By the 1950s new highways were being built, new trucking companies were being formed and old ones revived. Americans were buying newly-styled cars and the latest technologies once again. Semi-trucks helped pave the way for this huge growth spurt in America with dependable trucks built by Mack, GMC, Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, International, White Freightliner, Peterbilt, Kenworth, Diamond T, Reo, Autocar, Brockway, Sterling and others, many using the increasingly popular diesel engines made by Buda, Hercules, Waukesha, and Cummins, which helped their heavy loads haul quicker. Ron Adams portrays this booming era with over 300 superb photos of trucks hauling cement, fuel, and a variety of goods to enthusiastic Americans.
Semi Trucks of the 1960s by Ron Adams The American Delivery Truck by Robert Gabrick The Evolution of the Cab-Forward Fire Truck by Kent Parrish
A Photo Gallery book printed by Iconographix, Semi-Trucks of the 1960s by Ron Adams, includes over 300 photos portraying the history of the 1960s. Published by Enthusiast Books, The American Delivery Truck by Robert Gabrick, provides a heavily illustrated history of delivery trucks over a 50-year span. Published Iconografix, Cab-Forward Fire Truck by Kent Parrish, traces the evolution of cab-forward fire apparatus.
The Long Haul by Ron Adams The Trucking Pioneers IX by M.K. Terebecki The Trucking Pioneers VIII by M.K. Terebecki
In the early days, many trucking companies started out with one truck or even some horses, and a few tough folks kept hauling through the Great Depression and WWII. As roads improved, many of these companies became large operations with ample semi-trucks, trailers and places to haul. This book is a concise history of the pioneers in trucking and how they grew their truck empires. From the east coast to the west coast, most of the companies started out very small regionally and with acquisitions and mergers became the big names in trucking hauling all over America. Each company includes a history, maps of their truck lines and a photo or more of their fleet or rigs they used at an epochal point in their history. Ron Adams has been collecting truck literature and photographing trucks for over 40 years and has a vast knowledge of the trucking industry and has made a name for himself in truck books. By M.K. Terebecki. Published in 2004 by Pioneer Press, 123 pages, black and white, soft cover. Contains histories of AAA Cooper, Averitt Express, Crouse Cartage, Defazio Express, Floyd and Beasley, G.I. Trucking, Graves Truck Line, Inc., Highway Express, Kroblin Transportation Systems, Matlack Tank Line, Nelson Freightways, Preston Truck Line, Shanahan's Express, Southeastern Freight Lines, Stech Transportation, and Schwerman Trucking Co. (now owned by Tankstar, USA, Inc.) By M.K. Terebecki. Published in 1999 by Pioneer Press, 203 pages, black and white, soft cover. Contains histories of Billings Freight, Commercial Motor Freight/Indiana, Crouch Bros, C.R. England, Evans Delivery, Goggin Truck Line, Greenstein Trucking, Herriott Trucking, Huber & Huber Motor Express, IRC&D, International Transport, Jones Truck Lines, Keystone Freight Lines, Midwest Emery Freight, PIE (pictorial), Rimes Trucking, Selover Trans., Smiths Transfer, Standard Trucking, U.S. Truck Lines (Be-Mac, Brown Express, CCC Highway, Central Truck Lines, Mercury Freight Lines, Motor Express & Motor Express of Indiana), West Brothers Freight, and Youngblood Truck Lines.
The Vanishing Trucking Pioneers by M.K. Terebecki The World's Toughest Truck: The Reo/Diamond Reo Story by Ebert, Neal & Fijalkovich Traveling with Greyhound: On The Road for 100 Years by Robert Gabrick
By M.K. Terebecki. Published in 1990 by Pioneer Press, 212 pages, black and white, soft cover. Contains histories of Adley Express, Akers Motor Lines, Associated Transport, Brady Motorfrate, Branch Motor Express, Brown Express, Buckingham Transport, Campbells 66 Express, Central Motor Lines, DC International, Davidson Transfer, Dohrn Transfer, ET and WNC Transportation, East Texas Motor Freight, Garford Trucking, Garrett Freightlines, Gateway Transportation, Gordons Transports, Great Southern Trucking, Hennis Freight Lines, Herrin Transportation, IML Freight, Illinois-California Express, Interstate Motor Freight System, Johnson Motor Lines, Kramer Bros Trucking, Lee Way Motor Freight, Los Angeles-Seattle Motor Exp, M&M Transportation, Mason & Dixon Lines, McLean Trucking, Mid-States Freight Lines, Motor Cargo, Navajo Freight Lines, ONC Motor Freight System, Pilot Freight Carriers, Quinn Freight Lines, R-C Motor Lines, Red Arrow Freight Lines, Ringsby Truck Lines, Riss & Co., Smiths Transfer, Spector Freight System, Super Service Motor Freight, Terminal Transport, TIME, and Wilson Freight.
Introduction: "When Ransom E. Olds left Oldsmobile and with his associates formed the Reo Motor Car Company in 1904, it would have been difficult to predict that the company's history would span three quarters of a century and encompass the production of automobiles, trucks, lawn mowers, and even children's toys. The Reo and Diamond Reo story, therefore, is one of products of various sorts, but especially automobiles and trucks. This book is devoted to the history of the trucks built by Reo and Diamond Reo and to the history of the company that built those trucks.

As part of our attempt to make the history of Reo and Diamond Reo presented here as comprehensive as possible, the appendices to this book include a comprehensive listing of Reo and Diamond Reo truck models and basic specifications assembled from a variety of sources (see Appendix A). While we made every attempt to be as complete as possible in that listing, we are humbled by a realization that "The Reo" built such a large variety of trucks and models that it would have been virtually impossible to include every model. The listing of models and specifications, therefore, is a general guide to the products produced by Reo and Diamond Reo.

The story of a company, though, is not just the story of its products. Companies have personalities that in many ways are shaped by the people who work there. When someone said he or she worked at "The Reo," that had a particular meaning and implied that that person was part of more than an industrial concern, but was also part of a culture and way of life.

The Reo and Diamond Reo story, therefore, is both a story about trucks and people. Here we examine and discuss the products that came off the assembly line at "The Reo." We celebrate the successes and describe the failures of the company. But, in all of this, we try to keep in mind that it was people who made Reo and Diamond Reo what they were and it was people who ultimately suffered through the decline and disappearance of the venerable firm." (160 pages)
Bringing Americans together by bus for 100 years, Greyhound is one of the top iconic names of the Twentieth Century with their running dog logo. It all started with Carl Wickman and partners when they offered a fare of 15 cents one way or 25 cents round-trip between Alice and Hibbing Minnesota, in a large Hupmobile -which was a hit amongst the iron mine workers. The business quickly prospered and eventually became the empire that it is today. Greyhound's goal of providing city to city service helped lead the country in bus travel, allowing the public a chance to sight-see coast-to-coast and border-to-border, visit far-away loved ones, or escape to vaster lands with greener pastures. By expanding bus lines, building bus depots and Post Houses, and with outstanding promotional efforts, Greyhound pioneered an industry. As the full story of the Greyhound company unfolds, the book is illustrated with wonderful old bus photos, artistic ads and timetables that depict a more fanciful era (one that made riding on a Greyhound romantic) and then takes a journey through the eras that follow (like the one with the famous Scenicruiser) and into today's modern buses.
White Trucks 1900 - 1937 by Don Bunn White Trucks of the 1950s White Trucks of the 1960s by Barry Bertram
White Trucks 1900 - 1937 by Don Bunn
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White Trucks of the 1950s
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White Trucks of the 1960s by Barry Bertram
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Take this nostalgic look back at a wide-ranging collection of White truck photographs, beginning with the first White models up through the ultra-streamline examples of the late 1930's.  White trucks worked at a variety of applications, including dump trucks, sedan deliveries, express, step vans, highway freight, tractor-trailer, buses, tankers, and more.  A fascinating chronicle of the early years of one of Americas earliest and most successful truck manufacturers. White Motor Company was a major producer of American trucks between 1919 and 1980 with its primary manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio. The company began as a sewing machine manufacturing concern founded in 1876 by Thomas H. White and expanded by his sons into steam and gasoline-powered automobiles; however, it was in the trucking field that White made its mark. During its production years, White offered a broad array of light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks before concentrating on the latter from the 1960s on. In addition to its brand name, White purchased and/or marketed a litany of other trucking manufacturers, including Reo, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, Autocar, Whitehorse, PDQ, Western Star, and White Freightliner trucks. White fell on hard financial times and declared bankruptcy in 1980. The named lived on for awhile in the 1980s under the parentage of corporate giant Volvo. This book reviews White medium and heavy-duty truck models in roughly the decade of the 1950s, including the WC, 3000, 4000, 5000, and 9000 series. By Barry R. Bertram. White Motor Company was a major producer of American trucks between 1919 and 1980 with its primary manufacturing facilities in Cleveland, Ohio. The company began as a sewing machine manufacturing concern founded in 1876 by Thomas H. White and expanded by his sons into steam and gasoline-powered automobiles; however, it was in the trucking field that White made its mark. During its production years, White offered a broad array of light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks before concentrating on the latter from the 1960s on. In addition to its brand name, White purchased and/or marketed a number of other trucking manufacturers, including Reo, Diamond T, Diamond Reo, Autocar, Whitehorse, PDQ, Western Star, and White Freightliner trucks. White fell on hard financial times and declared bankruptcy in 1980. The named lived on for awhile in the 1980s under the parentage of corporate giant Volvo. This book reviews White medium and heavy-duty truck models in roughly the decade of the 1960s, including the 1500, 4000, 5000, 7400, and 9000 series.
White-Freightliner Trucks of the 1960s
In 1951, Freightliner signed an agreement with the White Motor Co. to sell Freightliner trucks through White Dealerships. The trucks became White-Freightliner, gaining momentum through the 1950s and exploding in sales through the 1960s. As you look at the photos on the pages of this book, you will see just a few of the many different customers and hauling jobs they did in the peak of their popularity. Small, medium or large hauling jobs, White-Freightliners fit right in to the needs of the trucking industry.