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Departures: 1940

Departures: 1940

April 1940. East Dubuque, Illinois. "Waiting for the train to Minneapolis." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.



Two years later, this stop would be packed with servicemen leaving for the great unknown, sobbing wives and girlfriends and staunch parents (Dad with his lip quivering, Mom dabbing her eyes with the hankie). Wow, so much changed in such a short time!


You know, it'd be nice if this railroad still had passengers. It's only freight now.


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