Bill Rabel of Anacortes, Washington sent in this set of images taken next to the Star Machinery Company located in Seattle. He wrote: “These photos show a Ford station wagon, outfitted for a machinery salesperson. The company is Star Machinery, an outfit based in Seattle, founded in 1900. It still exists as Star Rentals, and rents construction and industrial equipment.”
The set of publicity images shows a Ford station wagon with a 1952 license plate outfitted as a mobile sales room filled with Homecraft machinery. The back of the Ford contains: a router, hand drill, drill press, jig saw and a band saw. Not only offering the machinery, the company has also wisely arranged a display of 25-cent “Build It Yourself” Easi-Bild Full Size Patterns to spark interest in the tools.
The Ford appears to be close to a brand new car and is equipped with a V-8. It is interesting to study the details of the tailgate supports and the hinges sixty plus years later in the age of todays hands-free counterparts. Both the upper and lower gates are operated manually – of particular interest on the upper hinges is the single exposed spring on the left to hold it open, and the wing nuts used to lock it in position.