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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BROADWAY'S 'REDHEAD', 1959

Jack Delano

Where I'm Coming From: 1943

Where I'm Coming From: 1943

January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago and North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa." Somewhere in Illinois between Cortland and Malta, en route to Clinton. Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Goliath & Goliath: 1942

Goliath & Goliath: 1942

December 1942. "Locomotives in the Chicago and North Western departure yard about to leave for Clinton, Iowa." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Chicago Fog: 1942

Chicago Fog: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. An unusually heavy fog in the early afternoon." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

On Little Cat Feet: 1942

On Little Cat Feet: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago. An unusually heavy fog in the early afternoon." Medium format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Jackhammer Time: 1942

Jackhammer Time: 1942

August 1942. "Fort Loudoun Dam -- Tennessee Valley Authority drillers." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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