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Vintage photos of:
Chicago & North Western classification yard, December 1942. The trestle runs from the ice house to the yard. The old cars in the foreground are used as living quarters for some yard workers and itinerant help. Town of Melrose Park is in background. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.
Donald "Happy" Mallick, 9 years of age, has been selling newspapers 5 years. His father, a rivet driver, earns $20 weekly. Boy very imaginative, and when last seen had a rusty 5 inch knife which he said he found and was playing with the same in gutter. View full size. Photo by Lewis W. Hine, May 1910.
Miners from near Hazleton, PA. Exact year unknown (probably early 1900s). My great-grandfather is the bottom-left miner. View full size.