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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Thurston Lee: 1943

Thurston Lee: 1943

March 1943. Barstow, California. "Brakeman Thurston H. Lee (whose home is in Chicago) going to bed at the reading room in Barstow, California. This room has been converted from a billiard room into a dormitory at the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad yard." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Harvey House leftovers

This dormitory area was made out of part of a converted Harvey House. If you can imagine it, the outside of this building looked like this:

Not just the scoring system...

They also left the high chairs along the wall.

The folding chair could sure use a little work though.

Trying to figure out

what Thurston is doing in Barstow. His apparel suggests he’s in passenger service, perhaps braking on the Chief or Super Chief out of Chicago. But if so, what‘s he doing in a bunk house---er, sorry, I mean “dormitory”---in Barstow, some 100 miles east of the westward terminus of Los Angeles? Is he in freight service, thousands of miles from home? I doubt it.

Converted

Yes, but the scoring system left in place...

I *love* that 16 foot ceiling!

 
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