40 and 8's
The French 40x8's carried US troops to the front when they arrived. Used to carry horses they were pressed into service to carry troops. Shortly after WW2, the French government sent each state of the union a 40x8 as a token of its appreciation.

The photographer is Kaye Waite.  The car arrived in Salem, Oregon on December 12, 1949.  It was moved to Astoria in May 1962.   Oregon's boxcar contained numerous gifts, including oil paintings, china plates, church bells, children's toys and drawings on brown paper, according to Richard Paul who put together a brochure entitled "Merci Boxcar".

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