Re: Tank car photo [Was: 1928 Photo of Reefers . . .] (UNCLASSIFIED)
Gatwood, Elden J SAD
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Yes, that IS odd.
There was, at one time, a discussion on why tank cars lettered with certain
words were "tapped" by hungry/thirsty hoboes/out-of-work/etc depression-era
people, and the RRs and owners efforts to dissuade that sort of (sometimes
dangerous) behavior (maybe they thought "tallow" meant "rye whisky"?? the two
sound the same...). One was to repaint with different wording or minimal
lettering. One might have been simply to write "inedible" on the end...maybe
a skull and crossbones would have been more effective
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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Tank car photo [Was: 1928 Photo of Reefers . . .]
Just a guess about "inedible" and the location. Probably a car of tallow for
soap or such.
In a message dated 3/11/2011 12:55:47 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
thompson@... <mailto:thompson%40signaturepress.com> writes:
Ron Merrickt wrote:
That guy is 'poling' the car, or 'gauging' it, to check the level ofThat's how I read the photo also, Ron. Another possibility
might be that the man on top is "gauging" the car so they can remove a
certain number of gallons, but that would be tricky. The word
"inedible" hand lettered on the end seems odd.
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