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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Jack Delano

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

December 1942. "Locomotives in the roundhouse at a Chicago and North Western Railroad yard." Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Red Means Go: 1943

Red Means Go: 1943

April 1943. "Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad, South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

40th Street Yard: 1942

40th Street Yard: 1942

December 1942. Chicago. "Locomotives lined up for coal, sand and water at the coaling station in the 40th Street yard of the Chicago & North Western R.R." Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Night Freight: 1943

Night Freight: 1943

March 1943. "Santa Fe R.R. yard at night, Kansas City, Kansas." Note the light trails made by the yard workers' torches in this time exposure, as well as a phantom number (3167, at right) on a train that paused in front of the camera. 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Water Street, Night: 1943

Water Street, Night: 1943

May 1943. "South Water Street freight terminal of the Illinois Central R.R., Chicago." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

May 1, 1943. "South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

American Gothic: 1940

American Gothic: 1940

December 1940. "Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts." These houses, which look to have been built in the 1890s, must have been imposing in their day. Note the elaborate woodwork and intricate system of gutters and downspouts. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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