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chtrout (1/15/2020)
John, thank you so much!

Had you found the correct editions, or were you simply providing the link for the LIFE magazine search engine?

Also, do you see any clues in the "Sault Ste Marie" photo that might provide a date or a "search" term? The lead dump truck has a banner that might be helpful, but I cannot quite read it – it seems to start "Dem.... in Action" or something similar. From several of the cars in the photo, I am guessing about 1950?


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I was just providing the link. Jeff posted that the 2nd picture was taken in 1950.

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The newest car I see is a 50 or 51 Chevrolet, I'm guessing the sign on the truck says democracy (or democrats) in action and judging by the liberty bell and flag painted car, this is a Fourth of July parade.


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John Frances (1/15/2020)
The 2nd picture is Ashmun St in Sault Ste Marie Michigan. The Barish store is still there. LIFE magazines are on Google Books here. You can scroll or search.


John, thank you so much!

Had you found the correct editions, or were you simply providing the link for the LIFE magazine search engine?

Also, do you see any clues in the "Sault Ste Marie" photo that might provide a date or a "search" term? The lead dump truck has a banner that might be helpful, but I cannot quite read it – it seems to start "Dem.... in Action" or something similar. From several of the cars in the photo, I am guessing about 1950?


Thanks again!



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The 2nd picture is Ashmun St in Sault Ste Marie Michigan. The Barish store is still there. LIFE magazines are on Google Books here. You can scroll or search.
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Hi Jeff,

Thank you, that makes perfect sense... I had reviewed available consecutive editions of LIFE magazine online for that general timeframe but had not (yet) found these particular images or any related stories, although I may have missed them in the one or two editions that were not posted.

– As an ongoing question for everyone else, I continue to be deeply interested in any additional details on these 2 images, particularly with regard to exact locations, and any captions or supporting stories.

And Jeff, with regard to your related question, yes that gentleman did contact me, and I have been able to provide him with a great deal of requested information on his 1942 Coleman G55A carrier and Quick-Way model "E" truck shovel. He has a fascinating unit with a truly fascinating work history, and I will eventually post an article, with his permission.

Thanks again Jeff for all you do (in behalf of all of us)...


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Craig, I downloaded these same photos from the Life Magazine collection several years ago. The first image was taken in Washington DC on Memorial Day 1942. The truck towing the big Caterpillar is an Autocar U8144T, while the truck pulling the pontoon trailer is a Mack NJU. The second image was taken in 1950 but I did not record where. I believe it was in the Pacific Northwest somewhere. The Life Magazine Collection contains thousands of images, but only a very small percentage of these images appeared in the magazine. The photos in the collection are often every shot a particular photographer took while on an assignment, sometimes over 100 photographs, and maybe one or even none made it to the magazine. 

On an unrelated note, a gentleman in Oregon contacted me a few weeks ago about some Federal parts and also sent me photos of his Coleman G55 with a Quickway crane. It runs and operates. I gave him your email, has he contacted you yet ? 

 These are the same images you posted but I think the attachments are larger. 





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Coleman G-55A carrier with Quick-Way Model "E" Truck Shovel – Dates and Locations?

– I have long enjoyed these 2 photos which have been frequently shared from LIFE magazine, but I have never been able to identify the exact magazine editions/page numbers. I am extremely interested in finding if there were any captions or supporting stories.

– Also, does anyone recognize the exact locations?   I am assuming that the "looking down" shot is towards the west end of the mall in Washington DC, and that the other shot is perhaps in Philadelphia, but those are just guesses on my part.

On a side note, in combat, the G-55A / Quick-Way Truck Shovel was originally envisioned as being paired with a short convoy of military 6x6 dump trucks to repair shell holes in roads and runways, but was later assigned to unloading and placing pontoon bridges, erecting bridge structures, and general loading/unloading activities
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This "looking-down" photo shows a G-55A  (2nd variant) being escorted by a Caterpillar tractor loaded on a lowboy, as well as 2 pontoon bridge sections also loaded on a lowboy, which was perhaps a fairly typical convoy assignment. Note the single-axle trailer loaded with a truck shovel, pile driver, clamshell, and appropriate rigging. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers considered the G-55A / Quick-Way Truck Shovel almost as a "Swiss Army Knife" – truly their "Jack of All Trades."   While I am not sure, I assume the two semi-tractors are Autocar?


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This "street-level" photo shows a G-55A (3rd variant) paired with a convoy of dump trucks, although in this photo, they are commercial trucks.

Thanks in advance for any assistance!



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★★★ SOLD - pending payment...★★★

Fully-Restored 1937 Coleman E-54 #4671 Offered for Sale in Colorado....


Truck is a recent restoration by the seller and is equipped with a BUDA L-525 #227329; PERFEX radiator; Coleman-fabricated all-weather cab with sliding doors, and non-operable dump bed.

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Although late in its w
ork-life, had served as a boom truck ("The Brute"), it is now restored to its original configuration as Colorado State Highway Department (S.H.D.) #517.

Truck starts easily and runs well, with usable tires all around. Original Coleman data plate is present in cab. Completely ready for "show truck" or "parade" duties.

No title, but will provide bill of sale. Truck is located in Pierce, Weld County, Colorado.

$8500 firm.

The seller, Ken Kafka, can be reached at < nash2ton@thinair.net >



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No different bunch Brocky.
That most likely went to collector in Ca, somewhere around the bay area.



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Is that the Spooner Family of Amarillo Texas??  If so, Try contacting Bub Warren, shop 806-374-3056, also of Amarillo, he might be able to get an answer for you??

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