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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Lone Wolfsmith: 1943

Lone Wolfsmith: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Chicago & North Western R.R. between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The journey ended, conductor John M. Wolfsmith walks to the little passenger station to wait for a suburban train to take him home to Chicago." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Definitely Bellwood

Seeing this photo was a pleasant surprise -- I grew up in Bellwood and my dad worked for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad, so we were well acquainted with the Bellwood station. Thanks, KingTalkyTiki, for confirming my identification of that photo. I remember those old wooden steps up to Mannheim Bridge! I'm including a photo taken in 1954 looking north toward the station and bridge. I've loved seeing Jack Delano's photos from Proviso Yards on Shorpy!!

Bellwood Depot

That's a near west suburb of the city right on what is now the Metra Commuter rail line.

 
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