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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.

Vintage Truckin’ 3 – 1950s
Special Edition:  Owner-Operators
Author and Editor: David A. Bontrager
Photographer:  Robert Ward
Publisher: DABble Publishing & Imaging

  • A Truck Photographer’s Diary, Vol. 118–Vintage Truckin’ 3 – 1950s, Special Edition:  Owner-Operators, is a CD photo album featuring photos of trucks taken in the 1950s.  All of the photos were taken by well-known truck photographer Robert Ward and are copyright of Mr. Ward.  All photos were used with permission.
  • The CD features mostly black and white photos with some color photos.
  • Photo essays of Ringsby Truck Lines (Freight Div.) and Little Audrey’s Transportation are included, along with a wide variety of other trucks.
  • Also included is coverage of B. C. Fry, Cecil V. Fry, and Robert (Bob) E. Fry.
  • B. C. Fry, Clara Hicks, and Norm Fritz were legendary owner-operators of the day, and all are included in this CD.  Bill Whitaker is also included.  Bill’s Bullnose Kenworth was well known for having a 200 Cummins with an Ellis split manifold.
  • Many of the photos were taken at Harlan’s Triangle Truckport located on the west side of Davenport, Iowa.  Harlan’s was located along U.S. Highway 6, which was a major east-west highway across Iowa.  Many of the owner-operators of the day ran team.
  • During those days Oscar Mayer had a huge packing plant in Davenport, and this generated a lot of owner-operator truck traffic at Harlan’s.  Needless to say, Harlan’s was a very busy place 24/7.
  • The trucking industry is a constantly changing arena, and when trucking history is gone, it’s gone forever.  Many thanks to Robert for his efforts at photographing trucks over the years, without photos like these we would not have any history of trucking.
  • The photo album is a great collection of vintage trucks.

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

  • Robert Ward began photographing trucks in 1952 and is well known for his truck photos.  During the 1950s and through the 1960s he shot mostly black and white photos, which was very common for that era, but he also shot some color photos.  He continues to photograph trucks today, but on a more limited basis.

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
  • 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.

Custom Enlargements

  • Custom enlargements of photos in the CD are available directly from the publisher.  All custom enlargements are professionally printed on heavy weight photo paper.  Contact us for details at: dabontrager@yahoo.com  or  sales@fatjacksplace.com  You can also call us at: 812-887-6749