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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Making the Trains Run: 1942

Making the Trains Run: 1942

December 1942. A young worker at the Chicago & North Western 40th Street shops. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Locomotive Man

A wonderful photo from a time when someone who learned a trade got some respect. Even though this young man was dirty, I am sure he was proud to be a locomotive mechanic. Today most people who get dirty are looked down upon even though the rest of society depends on them to keep everything going.

 
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