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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Proviso Yard: 1943

Proviso Yard: 1943

Freight cars in the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. April or May 1943. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

yellow paint

Its the clearance point dude, no wonder derails occur, dyslectic painters in our midst?

[Or maybe dyslexic. - Dave]

Jack Delano

Thanks for making this site searchable by photographer; it's the best single collection of Delano's images I can find on the web. Delano's photos are my favorite from the post-1930's period: unsentimental but still saying a lot. You might be interested to know that his son, Pablo Delano, is also a photographer; last I knew (late 1990's) he lived in the Hartford CT area, was teaching at Trinity College there.

More on Jack D

I found him through the Library of Congress' "American Memory" site. It was the railroad stuff -- the portraits, the train barns, the nighttime rail yard photos -- that got me.

Aside from the interview transcript with him and his wife that's in the Smithsonian archives, I don't know much else about him. What was his stuff like after he moved to Puerto Rico?

Jack Delano

Thanks for all the Jack Delano posts. I stumbled on his work several years ago. You have no idea how happy it makes me to find in Shorpy a fellow appreciator.
- Abraham

[Thanks Abraham! How did you find out about him? Online? He is my favorite of the photographers whose work is on the site. - Dave]

Yellow Rails

The rails that appear to be painted yellow have a fresh layer of rust on the railheads.

 
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