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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Window Seat: 1943

Window Seat: 1943

May 1943. "Clinton, Iowa. Women wipers of the Chicago & North Western cleaning one of the giant freight locomotives." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Conductor Cunningham: 1943

Conductor Cunningham: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Getting his waybills, Conductor Cunningham telephones his yardmaster with the number of cars he has to handle and where the delivery is to be made." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Night Freight: 1943

Night Freight: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. At 8:45 p.m. the train arrives at its destination." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Thompson Branch: 1920

Thompson Branch: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, 15th Street & New York Avenue N.W." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Family Cookout: 1963

Family Cookout: 1963

1963. "George Jenkins, founder of the Publix supermarket chain, with his family at their home in Lakeland, Florida." 35mm negative by Marvin Newman for the Look magazine assignment "George Pleasures Them With Groceries." View full size.

Safety Stutz: 1927

Safety Stutz: 1927

San Francisco, 1927. "Stutz Vertical Eight with Safety Chassis." The so-called "Safety Stutz" featured four-wheel hydraulic brakes and wire-reinforced, supposedly shatterproof glass -- just the thing for cruising in the rain on bald tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Mash Transit: 1920

Mash Transit: 1920

November 12, 1920. Washington, D.C. "14 PERSONS INJURED IN CRASH OF 3 CARS: Wreck at 9th and F Streets When Brakes Fail to Work Endangers Many Others. POLICEMEN LEAP TO SAFETY. More Than 2,000 Citizens Delayed an Hour in Getting Home ... " Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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