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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

40th Street Yard: 1942

40th Street Yard: 1942

Locomotives lined up for coal, sand and water at the coaling station in the 40th Street yard of the Chicago & Northwestern R.R. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Bound for Glory

This photo reminds me of an exhibition I saw at the UK Art Museum a few weeks ago. Excellent show of color FSA/OWI work, including a few of Jack Delano's railroad photographs. I purchased the catalog of the show, and would highly recommend it to anyone else who loves this work.

Bound for Glory
America in Color 1939-43
Published by Harry N. Abrams Inc, in association with the Library of Congress
ISBN 0-8109-4348-4

joe

 
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