Fred Gruin Jr. Truck Pictures
March 30, 1941 - January 2, 2017

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All States Freight, Inc.
All of these pictures were taken by Fred Gruin Jr. on U.S. 1 at Ft. Lee, NJ, a mile from the George Washington Bridge, in 1955 and 1956. There were two Shell stations, almost across the street from each other. The Shell station on the northbound side was a two story building with a large sign facing south that said "Fuel stop - All States [and] Howard Sober". Most of the All States units stopped there for fuel, and many stopped at the Shell station on the southbound side as well. You can see from the variety of tractors and trailers that All States was an owner-operator fleet. In the late 50's, they went to company tractors, as some of the pictures show.

All States Freight Diamond T unit taken in 1955 or 1956 at Ft. Lee, NJ. All States Freight Mack diesel in the foreground and a Safeway Truck Lines Mack in the background. All States Freight Inc. Mack with sleeper cab.
All States White 3000 with sleeper and Brown trailer. All States R Model International. All States GMC with a spread axle soft top trailer.
All States Autocar. All States Diamond T. All States Mack.
All States Ford C Series cabover with sleeper. All States White with sleeper cab. All States Mack with sleeper cab.
All States B Series Mack. All States International. All States Diamond T.
All States Mack. All States Brockway. All States International R Series, with a White in the background.
All States GMC. All States White. All States Mack with sleeper cab.
All States International with a close up of the grill. All States White with sleeper cab. All States Autocar.
All States Mack with sleeper cab. All States International. All States White.
All States GMC and Diamond T fueling up at the Shell station. All States International. All States Diamond T.
All States International. All States International. All States Mack.
All States GMC. All States GMC. All States GMC and Autocar.
All States Mack. All States International. All States International.
All States Diamond T. All States GMC All States Mack.
Two All States Diamond T's. Two All States soft top trailers. All States Mack.
All States GMC. All States Mack with sleeper cab. All States White with sleeper cab.
All States Mack and Autocar. All States GMC. All States Autocar.
This All States unit is on the move at Ft. Lee, headed for New York City. This is a company photo taken at their Akron HQ, send to Fred by All States in the mid 50's. This picture was taken on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in 1957 by a friend of Fred, John Mason.
These pictures were taken at All States' terminal north of Metuchen, NJ on U.S. 1, summer of 1959.
Fred took this picture on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in September 1958.
Arkansas-Best Freight System Inc.
Alterman Transport Lines
These pictures were taken in the spring of 1959 at the scalehouse on U.S. 66 at Plainfield, IL. This picture was taken from a moving car, somewhere in NJ, in the mid 50's. This picture shows an Autocar hauling for Alterman Transport.
Automobile Tranport
Automobile Transport, (That's the name of this carrier, possibly based in Wayne, MI.), pulling a load of Ford Thunderbirds. The tractor is a Ford. Back in those days, car hauler's power units were made by the same auto maker as the cars they transported. Even Studebaker, which you will see when we get to the D's. You didn't get in the gate of, say a Chrysler plant with a Ford or GMC tractor to pull a load of their cars away.The picture was taken in 1959 or 1960 on what used to be U.S. 27 at Hamilton Lake, IN, just south of Angola.
Akron-Chicago
Akron-Chicago was purchased by Motor Freight Express of York, PA in 1973.
This picture was taken in the fall of 1959 at a truck stop on U.S. 20, just west of the city limits of Angola, IN. The Akron-Chicago tractor is pulling an Egyptian Freightways (of Herrin, IL) trailer.
Atlantic States Motor Lines
Atlantic States was purchased by Johnson Motor Lines in 1959.
Atlantic Freight Lines
Atlantic was purchased by Cooper-Jarrett in 1960.
Atlantic States Diamond T. The picture including the Greyhound Van Lines (yes, owned by the bus company) was taken south of Gettysburg, PA in the spring of 1960. This picture was taken at McKees Rocks, PA in 1955 or 1956.
Aetna Freight Lines
Atlantic States was purchased by Johnson Motor Lines in 1959.
George F. Alger Co.
The Alger freight division was sold to Associated Truck Lines of Grand Rapids in 1958.
Aetna Freight Lines, of Warren, OH. This picture was taken in the spring of 1959 at a truck stop just west of Angola, IN on U.S. 20. The trucks are an International R Series, which is facing the camera, and a GMC in the background. Aetna Freight Lines, of Warren, OH. Ford truck and trailer hauling steel. This picture was also taken in the spring of 1959 at a truck stop just west of Angola, IN on U.S. 20. This picture of one of George F. Alger Co., from Detroit steel division trucks was taken in the summer of 1960 at a truck stop just west of Angola, IN on U.S. 20.
A B & C Motor Transportation Co.
A B & C Motor Transportation Co. of Fitchburg, MA was purchaed by Wilson Freight Co. in 1959.
This picture was taken at the Ft. Lee (NJ) diner in 1955 or 1956. A B & C was purchaed by Wilson Freight Co. in 1959
A.C.E. Transportation Co.
A.C.E. Transportation Co., of Akron, Ohio, merged with another Akron carrier in 1957, Freight, Inc., and became A.C.E. - Freight. A.C.E. - Freight was later sold to Great Lakes Express of Saginaw, MI.
These pictures were all taken at Ft. Lee, NJ in 1955 or 1956, either at the diner of at the Shell station.
Apex Express
Apex Express of Perth Amboy, NJ. Apex rights were broken up and sold to 4 other carriers in 1964.
This picture was taken at Bedford, PA in the summer of 1961 by Fred's pal Bill Jensen. Both Apex units were placed Out of Service for serious safety defects during an ICC road check. See the sticker on the windshield of the GMC. This picture was taken on U.S. 1 in Ft. Lee, NJ in 1955 or 1956. Apex rights were broken up and sold to 4 other carriers in 1964
Associated Transport
Associated rights were sold off in portions in 1976 to Eastern Freightways, ABF, Lee Way, Roadway, Ryder, Eastern Express, and United Trucking Service.
This picture was taken in the summer of 1958 on U.S. 40 in MD. This picture was taken in Northern Indiana in the spring of 1960. One of Associated's Browns leaving the toll gate on the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, taken in 1955 or 1956 by Fred's good friend John Mason.
A line-up at the Ft. Lee (NJ) diner on U.S. 1, a mile south of the George Washington Bridge, taken in 1955 or 1956 by John Mason. This picture was sent to Fred by Associated in the mid 50s. In the early 50s, Associated was the largest LTL carrier in the country in terms of gross revenue, followed by Consolidated Freightways.

These pictures were taken in Ft. Lee, NJ in 1955 or 1956, at the diner or nearby.
These pictures were taken in Ft. Lee, NJ, at the diner. The tractors are all Browns, made by Associated.
All three pictures were taken in 1955 or 1956 - the top two in NJ somewhere, and the step van in New York City with the West Side Highway in the background.
Akers Motor Lines
Part of Akers operating authority was sold to Transcon Lines in 1976 and the rest to ABF in 1977.
These pictures were sent to Fred by Akers in the mid 50s. This picture was sent to Fred by Akers in the mid 50s.
This picture also came from Akers in the 1950's. These pictures were taken at the Ft. Lee (NJ) diner on U.S. 1 in 1955 or 1956.
This picture was taken on U.S. 40 in MD during the summer of 1958, This picture was taken in Washington, DC that same summer, when the U.S. 1 truck route went through the heart of DC, 3 blocks from the Capital. This picture was taken during the summer of 1961 at a truck stop on U.S.40 at Perryville, MD. The lineup, from left to right, is Jack Cole Co., Akers, and McLean Trucking

These pictures were taken by Fred friend, John Mason.
Leaving the toll gate on the Jersey side of the George Washington Briodge, in 1955 or 1956. Leaving the toll gate on the Jersey side of the George Washington Briodge, in 1955 or 1956. This Akers unit was parked for a few minutes on U.S, 1 at Ft. Lee, NJ near the George Washington Bridge, near the diner, in 1955 or 1956.



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