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The photo album is in PDF format and Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 5 or newer is required (Acrobat Reader is a free download from Adobe). The CD will run on operating systems as old as Windows 95, but will not read on earlier versions of Acrobat Reader.

A Truck Photographer’s Diary
Colorado 5, 1960s
Vintage Truck Photos from the 1960s

  • A Truck Photographer’s Diary, Vol. 99–Colorado 5, is a CD photo album featuring vintage photos of trucks.  This is the fifth CD in the Colorado series.
  • Author and editor:  David A. Bontrager
  • Photography by Neil Sherff
  • Produced by DABble Publishing & Imaging
  • This CD features photos of trucks taken in Colorado in the 1960s.
  • In the 1960s Coors Brewery was still named Adolph Coors Company.  A lot of the trucks hauling for Coors at that time were leased to the brewery.  The two biggest lease operators were Walter B. Cosper Trucking of Golden, Colorado and Contract Carriers of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Wright Motor Lines of Rocky Ford, Colorado also had a number of trucks leased to Coors, but not as many as Cosper and Contract Carriers.  Many of the trucks hauling for Coors were owned by Coors Distributors.  Coors Brewery did not establish Coors Transportation until the 1970s.
  • Ringsby Truck Lines of Denver, Colorado had the Refrigerated Division that was comprised entirely of owner-operators.  This photo album includes some of those trucks.
  • The remainder of the album includes Wright Motor Lines, Colonial & Pacific Freightways, J. A. Sharoff and Co., City Market, Safeway Foods, Gates Rubber Co., and others.
  • The photo album is a great archive of vintage trucks.  The trucking industry is a constantly changing arena, and when trucking history is gone, it’s gone forever.  Without photos like these we would not have any history of trucking.
  • All of the photos are black and white.  Black and white photography has always been the artistic medium, and this photo album is a tribute to that medium of photography.
  • This is a great CD and will offer enjoyable viewing many times over.
  • The images are in pristine condition and will view excellently on screen.  A few may be slightly less than perfect, but I feel the historic value of the trucks shown out weighs the technical aspects of the photo.

About The Author

  • Dave’s mother took photos of his dad’s trucks in the 1940s and 1950s and is the one responsible for Dave’s interest in truck photography.  As a boy, Dave began photographing trucks in the mid-1950s, and also collected photos from trucking companies.  Over the years Dave learned to know many people who took photos and also collected truck photos, and many of these acquaintances sent him photos.  Dave of course is quite a historian on the trucking industry and the trucks.  Dave’s passion for truck photography continues today.  He is now retired and lives with his wife Anna near Elnora, Indiana.

About The Photographer

  • Neil Sherff began photographing trucks in the late-1950s and is well known for his truck photos.  During the 1950s and through the 1960s he shot black and white photos, which was very common for that era.  Neil has always used medium format photography, beginning with 127 film, then moving to 120 film.  He continues to photograph trucks today, but on a more limited basis.  Many thanks to Neil for his efforts in truck photography.

Technical Information and Legalities

  • Acrobat Reader 5.0 or newer is required for reading the photo album.  Acrobat Reader is installed on most new computers, or you can download it free at: www.adobe.com
  • No part of this CD photo album, in whole or in part, or the photos contained herein, in whole or in part, may be reproduced, transmitted, scanned or distributed by any manual, mechanical or electronic means or devices without express written permission from the author and publisher.
  • Neither the CD nor the contents are public shareware.  Copyright laws apply.

Custom Enlargements and Posters

  • Custom enlargements and posters of photos in the CD are available directly from the publisher.  All custom enlargements and posters are professionally printed on heavy weight photo paper, not light weight poster paper.  Contact us for details at: dabontrager@yahoo.com  or  sales@fatjacksplace.com  You can also call us at: 812-887-6749