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Viking Freight System, Inc.

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Viking Freight system, Inc. began in January 1966 as Viking Delivery Service. The first customer was Pacific Telephone and the product was punch cards, also called IBM cards or Hollerith cards. These cards had the information for all of the phone number changes made each day and had to be delivered to offices at night so that updated information would be available the next day.

By 1973 annual revenues reached $2.8 million, and $48.0 million in 1981. The growth, teamwork and excitement of those years is always a topic of conversation for those that were there.

Viking became a public company and finally after several changes was purchased by Federal Express, later known as FedEx. The company no longer exists except in the memory of the thousands of men and women that were there.

Viking Freight 1982 Photo from Annual Report
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Thanks it's great that people still remember. I worked at the Sacramento Terminal from 78-96. From dock, fueler, yard dog, Drivers d a stint in dispatch. I believe I have a viking knife and safety belt buckel. Got rid of the jacket a few years ago. I done worn that thing out. May still have the ship patch? I will admit it was one of the best places I worked. Miss it still.emp # 2110. May still have old I D cards as well?? That's when trucking was trucking!
posted by Michael Leipski
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Hello All,

My name is Rustin W. Bangham, my Father, Richard W. Bangham founded Viking with Jim Haapoja. It is nice to see the memories of Viking are still alive. Thank you to all involved. I remember riding around in the trucks as a kid. Unfortunately the trucks are long gone, so no more proud smiles when I’d see them on the road EVERYWHERE. I am curious if anyone knows where I might be able to find some old Viking memorabilia, ie, shirts, jackets, anything Viking? I lost all of mine years ago in a move, and miss having the things that remind me of my Dad, and all who helped build Viking into the success and legend that it became. Thank you to ALL of you. Viking would not have been what it was without you. I look forward to any replies and/or info on finding what I seek. Until then… Hail the Vikings.., Hail the memory of my Father!!!

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Hi Rustin

I believe I still have a jacket & some coffee mugs I can share. What's the best way to forward them to you? Coco [email address removed]

posted by Coco Beyer