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Robert Hill: 1943

Robert Hill: 1943

March 1943. "Topeka, Kansas. Robert L. Hill, steel car repairer and rivet driver, at the car shops of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.


Robert L. Hill

Same name, born 1892 in Arkansas, fled to Kansas and worked in a meat plant in Topeka.....

Could this be Robert Jr.?

Heck, if he is 51 this is Robert Sr.!

Wonderful portrait

I'd echo allie's sentiments. Mr. Hill's handsome, dignified face and bearing reveal something about his character, at a time when many of his countrymen regarded him as a second-class citizen.

I hope this image has been copied to a more stable and durable medium, for posterity, than the nitrate it was captured on.

[These images have all been copied and preserved by digitization. - Dave]


Samuel L. Jackson will play him in the movie.


I love this man's face. It's a face of courage and a proud dignity. I would have liked to have known him.

What a portrait!

I hope Mr. Hill's grandchildren have copy of this photograph. It is such a beautiful image of this gentleman. My grandfather was a welder, but passed away before I was born. The only photos I have of him are of a frail old man. I would love a photo of him in his prime, like this one.

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