Directive from Washington

World War I ruling ends limitless wagon possibilities

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Right: One wagon manufacturer ran this ad in a 1918 farm publication to inform its customers about the new wagon auto-track standard. The ad referred to the standard as a federal “recommendation.” However, the directive sent to all wagon manufacturers was much more specific: It clearly stated that “after Jan. 1, 1919, all wagons must be made to conform to the auto track.”