A large number of these toy trucks were produced by the Smith-Miller Toy Company after receiving the design for the truck and trailer from Roy Fruehauf. They were created for distribution during National Truck Week. The trailers bore the name of Fruehauf, while the Teamsters’ Union logos were displayed on the sides of the trailer as well as the doors of the truck. Very few of these original trucks remain in circulation. Most are held in private collections. The actual truck used as an exhibit in the McClellan Hearings can be found at the John F. Kennedy Museum.
The basic truck and trailer design was a favorite of the Smith-Miller company, and was reproduced bearing the logos of numerous companies in the years following the hearings. The Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society, with the assistance of toy designer David G. Norman, restored a vintage Smith-Miller and transformed it into the infamous Teamsters’ truck and trailer. It made its debut appearance in August 2015 at the Brooks Truck Show in Brooks, Oregon. These photos show the before and after of this restoration.
Special thanks to Dave and Darlene Norman for recreating this truck and history
The advancement of transportation accelerated the economic growth of all industries in the industrial booming United States. The Fruehauf Trailer Company contributed to the advancement of American industry.
Ruth Ann Fruehauf and Darlene Norman have dedicated hard work, determination and intuition to bringing this project to life. This is the ongoing investigation and reporting of their efforts.
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An organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of Fruehauf Trailer Company and the Fruehauf family legacy.
The society has created historical books and a traveling exhibit rich with Fruehauf memorabilia and archival materials. Our next book, “Fruehauf, the First Name in Transportation” an in-depth analysis of the company’s history will be published soon.
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