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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Jack Delano

Air Noir: 1943

Air Noir: 1943

July 1943. Greenville, South Carolina. "Air Service Command. Enlisted man folding up his gas mask to hang on the wall after having worn it all day." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Cornerman: 1943

Cornerman: 1943

July 1943. Greenville, South Carolina. "Air Service Command. Enlisted man of the 25th Service Group relaxing in his hutment." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Boxcar Brown: 1942

Boxcar Brown: 1942

December 1942. "Research laboratory worker at the Chicago & North Western's 40th Street yard, examining paint samples used on freight cars and coaches of the railroad." Paint your wagon, or color-coordinate your caboose. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Clinton: 1943

Clinton: 1943

March 1943. "Freight operations on the Chicago & North Western between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The train going through Clinton to the yard two miles beyond." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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