David King who teaches photography at the San Diego City College and I went to the Motor Transport Museum in Campo California today to see if it would be a good place to take students for a work shop.
The museum has a unique collection of automobiles,trucks,busses and other forms of transportation. They do a lot of restoration there too. It also give you the opportunity to see a unique collection of industrial equipment and engines dating back to the turn of the century.
It is a privately owned 501c3 non-profit corporation and is run by a staff of volunteers and members. It is located in a mill built by Standard Sanitary Manufacturing in 1929 and was used to process a mineral called feldspar. Feldspar is an integral ingredient used in the manufacturing of porcelain spark plugs, sinks ,stoves, bathtubs electrical insulators, glass and fine china.
While David and I wandered through the transportation “bone yard” we saw nearly every variation of utility body ever mounted on a truck chassis. Some are functional and other await restoration. I saw vehicles with old and lost names like the Fageol, White , Diamond T, Autocar, Divico, Garford, Federal and even a Republic. From World War One there was the 1917 Nash Quad and a 1923 chain drive Mack “AC” cab truck.
As you wander and look you soon become aware of the amount of skill it took to drive these vehicles. It is time well spent to look back in history and see the power of the beginning of the vehicle revolution and the labor and skill that was needed to participate in it.
The photographic opportunities to work with all the colors and shapes of formed, rusted, painted and twisted metal, worn tires and wheels, curved and splintered wood will overload your creative aspirations and reward you with to many images to edit in one day.
Enjoy the images and click on the thumbnails to see larger views.
Your comments are always welcome.