December 10, 2010

The Tonka Truck


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I returned to the quarry the other night to grab another shot. This one, just beyond the main entrance. It caught my eye during my first visit, but I didn’t want to linger there for too long. I decided to go back. I figured, the quarry has been there since I can remember, so it would be there when I needed it.

The title is a nod to the classic Tonka Truck. Today they are made of plastic with smooth, harmless rounded edges. All in the name of safety, of course.

But when I was a kid, the Tonka Truck was made of metal. It was indestructible. It was a weapon. Seriously … it was. It stood about mid calf high (to a five year old) and was a rolling metal projectile. So cool.

In my kindergarten class there were a couple of kids who would throw their full weight behind a truck and send it flying across the floor, leaving utter destruction in its wake.

My friend, Matt was good at it. During play time, he would lean on a Tonka dump truck, get a running start and just let it fly. Lincoln Log towers would be leveled, doll houses demolished and Mr Potato Heads mashed by this weapon of Matt’s destruction.

Well … that’s how I remember it.

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  1. My son assumed ownership of one of the metal trucks that had rested in my neighbor’s garage for years. It’s indestructible, and my son tests these things! Awesome image Bob and great post!

  2. I never had one of the big tonka trucks and now I feel like I missed out on a big part of my childhood.

    Also, it figures that they are made of plastic now…damn you society and making everything safe for kids! πŸ™‚

    (oh, this is great)

  3. I’m pretty sure the Tonka toys I had as a kid are still buried safely in the yard of our old house somewhere. Some archeologist or other is going to have a field day in a few hundred years πŸ™‚

    Another outstanding shot, by the way. I love the contrast between the extreme sharpness and detail of the truck and the fuzziness on the left introduced by your T/S focal plane choice.

  4. LOVE THIS one Bob!! Brought back some great memories of the Tonkas I used to play with as a kid. I had bulldozer and backhoe and loved spending days digging up the back yard with them!!

  5. My sister never appreciated my Tonka Trucks — circa early 60s. Considering that it’s primary use was as a weapon, I can’t blame her. (Would that be a Weapon of Mack Construction, then?)

    It’s a great shot. The more I see such constructive use of the T/S lens, the more I think I have to save up my nickels.