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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Vanishing Point: 1943

Vanishing Point: 1943

March 1943. "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Crosswinds

"The smoke is blowing toward the photographer. If the following train were actually moving, the smoke would be in a trail behind the train"

Not if there's a crosswind.

Also, in my opinion his perspective is too low to be standing on the caboose platform. I believe the most likely explanation is that Delano's train is in the siding, and he has stepped off the train for this photo.

Following train is stopped.

The smoke is blowing toward the photographer. If the following train were actually moving, the smoke would be in a trail behind the train, rather than moving ahead of it.

Not from a moving train

Based on the telephone pole spacing, there is a maximum of 500 feet between the headlamp and Delano's lens. By railroad standards, that's tailgating.

Singing the praises of Shorpy railroad photos

Love Shorpy's railroad photos. This one brings to mind the Johnny Mercer song "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe." It won an Oscar when introduced by Judy Garland in The Harvey Girls.

Do you hear that whistle down the line?
I figure that it's engine number forty-nine
She's the only one that'll sound that way
On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.

On a Clear Day

You can see forever.

Jack strikes again!

Another great photo from the The Man!

Curious

There looks like a slight amount of motion in the foreground; I wonder if Delano shot from the back of a moving train.

 
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