"America Needs You Harry Truman"

December 28, 2016  •  16 Comments


I can't imagine a bumper sticker surviving 70 years in the New Mexico sun and being at all legible, but the faded and cracked "America Needs You Harry Truman" bumper sticker on a 1946 Ford pickup that was parked on 3rd Street in Downtown Albuquerque could be original.  On the other hand, and on the other side of the license plate, the bumper sticker for Walt Longmire, the Sheriff of the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming in Craig Johnson's mystery novels, is quite contemporary and in great condition by contrast.  The truck is an interesting mosaic of old paint, rust and sanded edges sitting on a new set of tires mounted on bright green, spoked rims. It was truck number 407 in the Navajo Freight Line's fleet of vehicles sometime in the the past 70 years. The truck has only one bullet hole I could see in the rear window, which is quite remarkable for a 70 year old truck with a New Mexico license plate (we have a 40 year of VW Sun Bug that has several bullet holes in the hood). Just sitting on the street, this old truck tells you a lot about its early history, and has a rather colorful character in its minimally restored condition.









T & L Photos
Hi DJ. You have done a wonderful job getting Orlando on the road. If you park a truck like Orlando downtown, there's a good chance I'll see it, photograph it and put it on my blog. Next time you're downtown, I work in the Hope Building between the Gold Street Cafe and Espresso Fino. Stop in and say hi if you have a few minutes. I would love to hear more about Orlando's history.
D J Johns(non-registered)
I was amazed to see my truck on the net. His name is Orlando after the 84 yearold man from whom I purchased it near Sena New Mexico. I spent a fare bit of time getting him road worthy but he is now my daily driver.
T & L Photos
Thanks, Julie!
Hey Tim, What a find! Bumper stickers, bright green wheels and a bullet hole! Oh imagine if this truck was given some serious TLC!
T & L Photos
Thanks, David! I used to see a lot of those big rigs, also.The VW was in Mexico for awhile.
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