A marvelous factory photo album for White Company Trucks with original silver gelatin images depicting assorted company models from before World War I until the mid-20th century, including a number of representative trucks from acquired subsidiaries including Sterling, Autocar, Indiana, and Reo. Cleveland, OH, Cincinnati, OH: White Company; Foto Arts, Inc., White Motor Company Advertising Dept., Manning Bros. Commercial Photographers, [1912-1965]. 96 silver gelatin photographs preserved in archival Mylar sleeves,(90 separate photos plus 6 duplicates) most printed on glossy photo stock, nearly all 8 x 10 in., some with pencil or ink annotations in lower fore-edge of the image, or on verso, the majority of the White Co. photos w/ commercial photographer's stamp, and/or White Co. stamp on verso, Autocar factory photos w/ typed caption in lower blank margin, some w/ company stamps or annotations in lower margin. Recent cloth post-binder, gilt lettering stamped on front cover & spine, a few photos w/ holes from having been previously mounted in company sales binders, nearly all the images having strong sharp contrast. Very good. This remarkable photo album for the White Motor Co. in Cleveland, OH provides an excellent photographic resource of many different White Company Trucks and Tractors produced from before World War I until the mid-20th century. These images incorporate the various Company logos, and advertising promotional material for the firms which had purchased them, and used them for hauling. The White company originally built White Steamers, and White Motorcars, but by 1911, they had largely moved to producing heavy trucks, tractors, and commercial vehicles. These images include a 1913 White 5 ton hauler in the City of Binghamton, NY, pulling ashes; a 1934 White Ohio Bell Telephone Truck showing the installation of telephone polls; a 1933 White lumber hauler; a 1935 White Factory Sleeper; a 1950 White cab-over maintenance truck; a 1940s passenger bus for Panagra Airlines in Lima, Peru, along with dump trucks, cement mixers, road-building trucks, logging trucks and many others. Of special interest are the numerous factory images of White Company half-tracks including an M-16 AA Half-Trac in 1942, and an armored vehicle truck chassis produced for the U.S. Army during World War II. The White Motor Company also owned the truck manufacturing names of Sterling, Autocar, Diamond T, Indiana Trucks, and REO which continued up through the 1970s. This archive also includes many images of Sterling Trucks pulling semi-trailers, covered freight trailers, inside the factory, dump trucks, service tractors, a heavy equipment hauler parked in front of the White Truck Factory with clock sign in background. The Autocar factory photos include a 1952 Autocar Diesel owned by Riverside Cement Co. in Los Angeles, CA; the 1953 Autocar Driver Cab owned by Wagman Transfer in Boston, MA; and many others. REO trucks are represented in this group by a 1912 Reo H Truck fitted with awning, and a 1950s Reo Gold Comet. The Indiana Truck Company include different styles of stave trucks from the 1930s. The White Company buses became especially well known in the 1930s when their Model 706 buses carried passengers throughout the major National Parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Glacier in the west, and were called Red Jammers. Gettysburg National Battlefield still operates two of the White buses.
Inventory Number: 43251