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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Jack Delano

In for Overhaul: 1942

In for Overhaul: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. In the Chicago & North Western locomotive repair shops." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Heart of Darkness: 1943

Heart of Darkness: 1943

March 1943. "Argentine, Kansas. Freight train about to leave the Santa Fe railyard for the West Coast." Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Grill Noir: 1940

Grill Noir: 1940

May 1940. "A hamburger shop in Durham, North Carolina." George's Grill, open all night. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Southern Style: 1940

Southern Style: 1940

July 1940. "Migratory agricultural worker from Florida waiting to leave Belcross, N.C., to another job at Onley, Va. It is Sunday and she is wearing her best clothes." Photo by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Rear Brakeman: 1943

Rear Brakeman: 1943

March 1943. "Walter V. Dew, rear brakeman, on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chicago and Chillicothe, Illinois, watching the train from the cupola." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fire-Eater: 1942

Fire-Eater: 1942

December 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Working on a giant locomotive, one of the '400s,' in the Chicago & North Western Railroad shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Illinois Central: 1942

Illinois Central: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Engine taking on coal at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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