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Coming and Going on Route 66 in Missouri,1949

The “Mother Road”, Route 66 ,  has long been a favorite subject for photographers over the years and has provided us here on The Old Motor with a seemingly endless number of interesting images. This appears to a posed shot staged to illustrate new widened lanes that allowed a greater margin of safety for passing trucks. The poured concrete pavement still looks pretty new and nothing seems to be growing on the shoulders yet. The truck on the left is an International KB model, either a KB-8 or KB-10 and was also fairly new at the time this photo was taken in 1949. Photo courtesy of the Joe Sonderman Collection (scroll down).


5 responses to “Coming and Going on Route 66 in Missouri,1949

  1. I remember being stuck behind rigs like these waiting for dad to have his turn to make a run at passing them on are familey outings. If my memory serves me right dads old chevrolet had some close shaves at times.

  2. There is a story behind the Buske Lines Inc company. A long history starting with a Model Truck in 1923. From a 1953 centennial history of Litchfield IL where Buske started:

    THE BUSKE LINES, Inc., located at 123 West Tyler Avenue, has been operating trucks for 30 years. The company was started in 1923 by Mr. Herman Buske. At that time one trip per week was made to St. Louis, livestock being hauled into the National Stock Yards and freight back to Litchfield. The equipment used was a Model T Ford truck and 4000 pounds, or 2 tons, was a large load. Today they operate a minimum of 4 trucks daily into St. Louis and they have a carrying capacity of 11 to 18 tons.

    About 1930 the company started a run into Chicago and very shortly thereafter started hauling into various other states. It was also at that early stage that the company was incorporated and became the Buske Lines, Inc. Mr. Herman Buske served as president from the time of its incorporation until his death in 1941.

    It all ended criminally for Buske Lines Inc as its owner was a participant in a massive fraud and embezzlement scheme involving one of it’s long time customers.

    That three-generation family legacy came to an abrupt end in December. Owner and President Thomas Buske, found liable in March 2008 by a Wisconsin jury for damages in a suit filed by S.C. Johnson & Son Inc., handed over control of Buske Lines and 13 related Buske companies to the consumer products maker. The change in control took effect Dec. 18 to help pay off a $203.8 million civil judgment against Thomas Buske and a handful of other defendants allegedly involved in a multimillion-dollar bribery-and-kickback scheme.

  3. It was a staged shot. If you look closely at the blowup with the first picture you can see what appears to be a ’49 Ford with a red light either post mounted or fender mounted. A state patrol officer is out of his car talking to the motorist behind him. If you look just to the right of the tailgate chains in the second picture you can see another ’49 black Ford with the door standing open and the front seat back pushed forward. We can’t see if there’s a state patrol decal on the door but the very long antenna on the front passenger side cowl is typical of what was used with the 1949 AM police radio system. I was a police officer for 27 years and I’m still an old police car buff. Good guess on the posed shot.

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