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What Am I for Sunday 11/28/10

Posted By Jeff Lakaszcyck Saturday, November 27, 2010 4:00 PM
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Jeff Lakaszcyck
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Here is a very special post office truck. Emblems removed. Photo from the Life Magazine Collection.



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Bill White
 Posted Saturday, November 27, 2010 4:01 PM
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Don MacKenzie
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Agree with Bill.  WHITE.

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I'll go with White also. Interesting truck,that one.

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  • I don't know about the truck but the picture was taken on the south lawn of the Whitehouse late 30's or early 40's.
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I'LL GO WITH WHITE ALSO
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I'll agree with the crowd. White 1932 or 1933, likely a model 618 or 620. Its got a 630 type bumper on it, but not the long hood.

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Jeff Lakaszcyck
 Posted Sunday, November 28, 2010 3:20 PM
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It looks like everyone is right. As I said, this is a very special truck, and a most interesting one also. All indications are that this White was specially built in 1939 for a special Philatelic U.S. Postal Stamp tour. This tour was kicked off at the White House in May of 1939 and ended just after the start of WW2 in December of 1941. The truck itself was custom built, and heavily armored as it's cargo of rare stamps was just as valuable as U.S. currency ! This truck looks much older than 1939, so it appears that an older model may have been rebuilt for the tour. A book was written about this truck by James H. Bruns, former director of the National Postal Museum in Washington DC.  Bill White had this 1st; thanks to Mike W for all the additional info.

The Philatelic Truck


 
The Philatelic Truck was a traveling exhibit by the United States Post Office Department (USPOD) just before WW II The truck was a custom-built, heavily armored vehicle and it contained an exhibit of all U.S. postage stamps issued up to that date. All stamps were on display in special display cases inside of the truck The Philatelic Truck toured the United States from May 1939 to December 1941 The exhibition was shown at schools, libraries, and other public places. Each visitor was given a special souvenir sheet printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP)


Philatelic Truck
Between 1939 and 1941, the US Post Office Department sponsored a special truck that traveled around the country carrying a philatelic exhibit.  It carried a three-man crew and offered philatelic souvenirs to the public visiting the display. Souvenir items included the Philatelic Truck souvenir sheet, which was given away free and an introductory book on stamp collecting for youngsters that cost 10¢.  About 500,000 of the souvenir sheets were produced, 300,000 of them without gum.  There was also a special cachet applied to covers mailed aboard the truck. Visitors entered by rear doors and left by the side door.  There were display cases containing dies and plates used to produce US stamp as well as an exhibition of die proofs. The truck was in California when the US entered World War II, and the tour was discontinued.  The truck is believed to have ended its days in San Francisco, where Ralph A. Davis the clerk-in-charge, last saw it rusting away in storage. During its brief life, the exhibit traveled about 20,000 miles and visited many parts of the country.  It would stop in a town for a day, and if it was parked in a prominent spot, as many as 800 people might visit it. The most visitors came during a Labor Day weekend in Pittsburgh, PA., when about 5,000 people saw the display, while the truck was parked at the city's fairgrounds. 


- Kenneth A. Wood
This is Philately - Volume Two G-P
Van Dahl Publications 1982

Posted October 6, 2000




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Bruce Ohnstad
 Posted Sunday, November 28, 2010 6:40 PM
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I'm totally asleep at the wheel.  First time in a long time that I have internet access on the weekends, and then I don't check WAI for a day...

This stamp truck has 17 louvres and has a front wheel only offered on the 630, so I'll say model 630 from 1932 or later (blended cowl).  There was a similar looking 65 bus model but I'm not sure if it offered cast spoke wheels.  Both the 630 and the bus 65 were popular as moving vans, they were some fast and fancy freight haulers.  Custom built bodies, this could have been a retired moving van converted or converted bus chassis.

The drum headlights and fancy bumper were standard on the 20" wheeled 63-64 models.  Interesting that the drum headlights are still on there after adding signal lights.  By the late 1930s trucks were converted to sealed beam bullet headlights.

The 630 cast spoke wheel is unique even by White standards, in how the bolts attach the brake drum to the wheel.  This autumn I've been finishing the front springs on my 630 and reminiscing about the first priority project 4 years ago - the front steering and brakes.  Enclosed are pictures of the brake drum, note that the drum has Dayton cast on it.  Other picture shows the drum and wheel bolts on the outside diameter but hidden by the wheel.  I'll post another picture later of the outside of the wheel.

Bruce


1932 White 643 restored in the working museum
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Jeff Lakaszcyck
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Bruce, thanks for your expert analysis.

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