1920s Photo WORKERS & Trucks at AMERICAN-LaFRANCE Factory--BLOOMFIELD NJ? Macy\'s For Sale
1920s Photo WORKERS & Trucks at AMERICAN-LaFRANCE Factory--BLOOMFIELD NJ? Macy\'s:
Framed photograph (frame 8 ½” by 10 ½”) of workers atan American-LaFrance truck factory, probably in Bloomfield, New Jersey, with aframer’s label from R.H. Macy & Co. of New York City, circa 1920s. Thephotograph is not identified, other than the number 661 at bottom right, but Ibelieve this is the American-LaFrance truck factory in Bloomfield, New Jersey.The view shows fourteen men posing for their photograph alongside of and on thebed of an early truck. The group blocks out most of the sign on the buildingbehind them, but it definitely has the words Service Station andAmerican-LaFrance on it (also Bri…?). A long line of partially assembled trucks(a little different from the one they pose around) are neatly displayed outsidea brick building at left. Judging by the wheel, I’m pretty sure that’s anAmerican-LaFrance truck those men are standing on and around. Check out the menin the picture—most look to be in their twenties and thirties and may haverecently returned from service in World War I. I love the long leather coat onthe slightly older guy fourth from the left. American-LaFrance manufacturedtheir fire engines and fire apparatus at a factory in Elmira, New York, andthis could be that location. But the Macy’s label on the back and theapproximate date of the image make me think this is the factory they establishedin Bloomfield, New Jersey, about 1923. The company manufactured largercommercial trucks at the location until 1929. The frame has some wear, and thebacking paper is intact but is torn and loose in places (photo has never beentaken out). The photograph seems to have no flaws to speak of, exhibits good orbetter tonal range, and shows good to very good detail. Great earlyAmcrican-LaFrance related photograph!