Spruce Soldiers with Logging Truck

Spruce Logging Truck (c. 1918)

This is a scan of a real photo picture postcard of some soldiers from a Spruce Squadron, along with some working loggers, arranged in, on, and by their logging truck. Note the very large log on the truck, no doubt the mighty spruce itself. Some of the fellows in this picture are in civilian attire, and I am assuming that they are not Army men.

The license plate on the truck (see closer detail) clearly shows that the truck had a special government plate indicating "U.S. Army" and "Signal Corps".

What were the Spruce Squadrons? I'm glad you asked. This is a piece of WW I history that is all but forgotten in the United States. Read about it here.

Very little history remains of these events, and as a postal history collector, I find it difficult to locate letters and cards from these men.

More images of Spruce Soldiers are listed at: Spruce Soldiers page , and my Flickr Spruce Soldier Album.

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