Carnation Farms is/was a local dairy farm just north of the small town of Carnation, WA (look at the front license plate - used to be WN) in the Snoqualmie River Valley - outstanding photo, Jay !!!!
Carnation is nowadays a multi-national brand owned by Nestle. The contented cows slogan is from the Carnation Evaporated Milk Co founded in Kent, Washington in 1899 and the town of Tolt was renamed Carnation in 1917 to cash in on the fame of the Carnation company whose breeding farm was just outside of the town.
Amazing what you can find by Googling. And, yes, I love the van and the signwriting.
Carnation is my brand,
Here I stand with a can in my hand.
No tits to pull, no poop to pitch,
Just punch two holes in that son of a gun.
Figured I just as well do it because you know a bunch of other people were thinking about it.
That may be the coolest looking truck I've ever seen. I'd like to build a body like that.
That would be a great body to build. And what a great photo. You can almost read the script in the hubcap.
Thanks for the history lesson, Jem - I'm a native Washingtonian and I learned something today !
You might take notice of the front license plate and the quite obvious two-tone color - 1919 Wn plates were black letters on yellow background - the white portion of the plate is actually a 1920 porcelain tab that had ears that went into slots on the '19 plate - apparently an attempt at "cost savings" but never took off as it was clearly cheaper to press steel license plates out rather than produce new porcelain tabs. Our '19 Centerdoor has the original plates and the matching number 1920 porcelain tabs (pair) are in the house - quite rare to have a matching set !
Look at the slash apron. It is so shiny you can see the reflection of the rear fender and (I think) the building across the street
Steve: I'm on the other side of the state from you. I also have a matched pair of Washington license plates on my 1919 roadster. The porcelain "tabs" are neat: I have two on another set of 19 plates. The porcelain tabs are sure better quality then the "stickons" we use now. I found a lot of sets of license plates about 30 years ago in an old wooden granary. The farmer nailed them inside over the cracks in the boards to stop leaks. It took a long ladder and a long day to reach all of them to pull the nails out. Now I'm glad I went through the trouble. You never know where neat stuff turns up.
Stan: I agree wholeheartedly. This truck is one of the few aftermarket bodies I really like. I've never been interested in hacks etc. But this one....I feel like stopping work on my 26 roadster PU, buying a pile of wood and building a "Carnation copy".
Jay: Thanks for posting such a great photo. Wish there were more of this truck. And detailed construction drawings. :-)
Stan,I think you have the song right except for two words? Bud.