The Orchard Truck (In private collection.)

Every farm had one: an old, flatbed orchard truck. I learned to drive in one, a cut-down, 1940s-era laundry truck that needed to be double clutched between compound low and first gear. Pictured here is the Schmidt family ranch truck, with a worker unloading boxes of picked prunes at the dehydrator. Thanks, Kay, for loaning me your family photo.

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