automobile industry today is in the midst of its greatest period of
intensive development and extensive use---passengers cars, motor
trucks, trailers and tractors.
One of the hardest problems we will have to meet during the
readjustment period and for years to come, will be to provide the
required number of competent motor mechanics to care for the vastly
increased development of the industry which we now confront.
There were in operation on Jan. 1, 1918, the latest date on which we
have accurate figures, 4,242,139 motor vehicles in the United states
alone. Of this vast number more than 700,000 passenger cars and
trucks were put into use in the United States during the previous
||The only serious problem that confronts
manufacturers and distributors of motor trucks is the shortage of
mechanical help. This shortage is so phenomenal that the
question of salary is secondary to meeting the demand.
Competent motor mechanics are in such great demand, and will be for
years to come, that they can almost name their own figures and
working conditions anywhere they wish to go.
The Rahe Auto and Tractor School, during
the past year has found it impossible to even attempt to meet the
demand for trained men for which it has calls. It would seem
that every section of the country is in the same condition, the way
appeals come to us for help
There is no trade or profession in
Owing to the greatly curtailed conditions of the manufacture which
existed during 1918, it is conservatively estimated that the
production of passenger cars and that the production of passenger
cares and trucks was at least one-half million cars under
the normal demand for that period. One of the first actions
taken the close of the war was to release the restrictions on
raw materials for the manufacture of passenger cars and trucks
is going to bend every possible effort not only to build up
their present sales agencies, but to extend their sales forces
into new fields as fast as possible.
It is also likely that because the demand for passenger cars
and trucks for some time to come will be greatly in excess of
production, there will be a number of new cars and trucks put
on the market. The result is going to be a strenuous effort to
secure sales agencies and secure distribution in every
community in the country. Manufacturers of automobiles and
trucks, because of their greatly increased facilities as a
result of extensive development to meet war demands, will
increase their production to an extent heretofore unknown.
One of the immediate developments of the great war has been
the greatly increased use of motor trucks, both in the army
and for commercial purposes in the United States. Motor trucks
and trailers will be counted upon to be an important feature
of heavy transportation development in the next few years.
Even at the time we went into the great war, motor trucks were
looked upon as an accessory to transportation problems
principally in the larger cities. The extension of the motor
truck demand in the smaller towns ad even into the rural
communities has been most remarkable in the past year. This
was stimulated to a large extent by the excessive demand on
the railroads occasioned by the war needs. It will not,
however, revert back to the railroads now that the war has
Even at the time we went into the
great war, motor trucks were looked upon as an accessory to
transportation problems principally in the larger
cities. The extension of the motor truck demand in the
smaller towns and even into the rural communities has been
most remarkable in the past year. This was stimulated to
a large extent by the excessive demand on the railroads
occasioned by war needs. It will not, however, revert
back to the railroads now that the war has ceased.
Intercommunity truck hauling is
already an accepted proposition. It has been shown that
freight hauling can be greatly expedited and handled cheaper
by trucks and trailers than by steam railroads.
||which a man, young or old, can be
trained in the small amount of time and for the little cost
that will bring him in the immediate returns in salary or as a
business, that is offered in motor mechanical lines.
Just consider that you can come here,
prepare yourself in six to eight weeks of intensive practical
training as a motor mechanic and go into any garage or repair
shop in the country and work all around men who have spent years
learning the trade by experience alone. We can show this
by hundreds and hundreds of letters from successful graduates
who have done this without exception.
When the War Department was faced
with the problem of providing competent mechanics to handle
the thousands of trucks needed in the army service it adopted
the method which we have been following for years. The
Rahe Auto and Tractor School was given a contract early in
April, 1918, for training 500 men for a sixty-day period and
was followed by contracts for 2,500 men.
When you come to the Rahe School, you
will be trained in the same practical manner and with the same
extensive equipment that was used for training motor mechanics
of the United States Army during the great war.
In view of the existing emergency for
trained motor mechanics, you will surely appreciate the
importance of qualifying yourself to grasp this opportunity
without any further delay.
As a student at the Rahe School, I
not only want you to be sure you CAN qualify yourself, in a
period of six to eight weeks intensive training, to fill a
paying position as a competent motor mechanic or manage a
business of your own--but just HOW and WHY you can. I
will promise that you will consider it the best time and money
you ever spent.
That is the prime purpose of this
large catalog and if it does not do this, in conjunction with
the scores of testimonials and references that I give you from
successful students right in your own section of the country,
then I have failed in my purpose.
I also appreciate that sometimes
there are personal questions that enter into making a decision
to come here for training; some of these reasons are peculiar
to your own life and experience. I mention this for the
reason that I want you to feel free at all times to write me
fully and frankly on any question relative to your taking this
course. You should consider that in my many years of
experience in this line, I have helped meet and solve almost
every possible condition or co combination of circumstances that
any man who desires to obtain this training will encounter.