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At first glance the two photos shown here, look like just you average line painting detail, out on Route 66 near Leasburg, Missouri. But the interesting thing about this photo is the Ford line painting truck on the right in the photo (above). It appears to either be a custom made rig by the Highway Department or by a specialty manufacturer, as it has very long wheelbase (study both photos), to help with keeping the painted lines straight and it has also been narrowed. Let us know if you have any details on this type of road – painting truck.
The State Patrol officers Chevrolet appears to be a 1942, so this scene could date either before or during WWII. Both photos are courtesy of Joe Sonderman, whose Route 66 photo collection we have been posting in a series. He has written a book called Get Your Pics on Route 66, that contains over 350 postcards and photos from Americas’s Mother road.
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Just yesterday we posted a pair of very interesting photos from Joe Sonderman which really caught our attention. Since then thanks to eagle-eyed reader Bob Swanson, who remembered the photos below, we now know that this appears to be a manufactured unit.
Sonderman dug around in his archives today and found yet another photo (above), from the Missouri Highway Department, dated 1935, showing another specialty truck along side a standard pickup for comparison.
Can any of our readers tell us more about what company designed and built these unusual trucks and where they were located?