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Tucker Development Photos
Below you see four photos graciously provided to me by the Rev. Jean Carmichael of Spanaway WA. They were taken back during the early development phases of the Sno-Cat.
Here are a few paragraphs quoted from Jeans letters that give a little background info on the pictures. Thanks for the history lesson Jean!

"In going through some photos in my "memorabilia box" I came across some taken of a very, very early Sno-Cat ... which was built during the Los Angeles days. This would have been around 1943/44. The pictures are from a test run in the Angeles National Forrest. At the time, Mr. Tucker was considering having my father's company (Continental Specialties - a steel window sash manufacturer) build and develop production of the Sno-Cat if they could get a contract with the Army. They even took the Sno-Cat to Camp Hale Colorado, where the 10th. Mountain Division trained for winter war, etc. I was around 12 or 13 years old at the time, and was present when the pictures were taken, and can remember riding on the rear seat...."

"The only person I can identify is Tucker himself, the fellow in the glasses and hat... I do remember that he was very, very quiet and that the two other men were helping him with the machine. (neither my father or I were in any of the pictures)"

"One final piece of information that I remember is that when things looked like there might be an arrangement to build the Sno Cat ... and conversation was to continue, one morning my father went to his office/plant.. to discover that the padlock had been cut, and the Sno Cat no longer in the shop!! Seems that Tucker was worried that someone would steal his invention, idea/patent, etc. Last word was that Tucker had taken it to northern California...."

"Glad to be able to share a piece of history..."


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