1952 Federal 45M Truck Tractor, Used by Cole's Express

Date:
1952
Creator:
Federal Motor Truck Company

When this truck was new, about 120,000 tractor-trailers traveled the roads. By 2000, there were over two million. New interstate highways helped long-haul trucks dominate the freight business. Americans developed a romantic image of truckers as modern cowboys roaming concrete trails, speaking their own language on CB radios. Drivers became heroes of movies and music. But real truck driving is demanding, sometimes dangerous, and often boring work.

Location:
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Identifier:
88.381.1
Institution:
The Henry Ford
credits:
From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Galen L. Cole.