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Autocar Down to the Sea in Autocars!

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09654.39 Author/Creator: Autocar Place Written: s.l. Type: Poster Date: 1941-1945 Pagination: 1 poster ; 58.4 x 43.1 cm.

One poster entitled, "Down to the Sea in Autocars!" printed by Autocar, dated 1941-1945. Poster features an Autocar truck owned by California's Bigge Drayage Company. The truck is hauling a 60 ton hull section of a prefabricated warship for Henry J. Kaiser, a shipbuilder. The scene on the poster is the truck on the road as people watch it pass. There is a man on the electric pole in the top left corner. There is also an image of the truck with measurements in the upper left corner of the poster. The poster reads in part, "Autocar Trucks on the home front, like Autocar Trucks at the fighting fronts, are doing heavy-duty work." The title has been written on the back of the poster in pencil.

Autocar is a truck manufacturer established in 1897. During World War II, they supplied over 37,000 armored half-trucks, all-wheel-drive prime movers, and standard production models, including the Model U, for the overseas war effort.
Henry J. Kaiser was a American industrialist. He established the Kaiser Shipyards, which built Liberty ships during World War II, after which he formed Kaiser Aluminum and Kaiser Steel.

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