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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, Vol. 38–Flatbeds-1, is a CD photo album featuring photos of flatbeds, which includes step decks and tarp sides.

All of the 150 photos were taken in Effingham, Illinois in 2007 by author, David A. Bontrager, and also Anna Bontrager. Dave is well-known for his classic and unique images of trucks from the 1950s through the present day. This is an excellent sampling of his private collection of truck photos.

Some of the trucks are just average, but many are really neat rides.

Times have changed for getting good photos of trucks in truck stops due to the tight parking, making it extremely difficult getting clean views. All of the photos in this album are action shots, with most being close-up views. Thanks to high-technology digital SLR cameras all of the photos are beautiful clean shots with a nice background.

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.

Pages may be printed for personal non-commercial use only – not for public distribution by any manual, mechanical or electronic means.

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

The photo album is an automated slideshow and can also be viewed manually. Instructions are included.

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.