Four Wheel Drive trucks and Field Kitchen

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Collection World War I
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Description Nitrate negative with contact print of Clintonville Four Wheel Drive trucks and Field Kitchen.
Year Range from 1918
Event World War I
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1918
Medium Film
Neg # 1790
Notes Outdoor view of two Clintonville Four Wheel Drive trucks and a field kitchen. The image shows the trucks parked at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds on the north east corner of Jackson Street and Murdock Avenue. A canvas tarp has been stretched between the two trucks and a field stove and other cooking gear is set up inside. The back of one of the trucks has written in chalk, "Oshkosh B'gosh/Berlin or Bust".
The Four Wheel Drive Auto Company, in Clintonville, Wisconsin, received a contract for trucks from England in 1916 and the US Army in 1917. Sixty of the English trucks were commandeered by the US when America entered World War I. In 1918 a large shipment of trucks were convoyed to Raritan Arsenal in New York. They passed through Oshkosh and spent one night at the Winnebago County Fairground. Total production of trucks during World War I were 3,000 for Great Britain; 82 for Russia, and 14,473 for the United States.
Object ID P2005.16.78
Object Name Negative, Nitrate
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4" x 5"
Subjects World War I
Truck industry
Four Wheel Drive Auto Company
Winnebago County Fair Association
Military cookery
Title Four Wheel Drive trucks and Field Kitchen
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