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Vintage photos of:
January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago & North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The caboose is the conductor's second home. He always uses the same one and many conductors cook and sleep there while waiting for trains to take back from division points." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
July 1943. Greenville, South Carolina. "Air Service Command. Men of the Quartermaster Truck Company of the 25th Service Group having a card game in one of the barracks." Stag counterpoint to the girls back home. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Belt Line cabooses never go long distances or at very high speeds and are therefore constructed differently from line cabooses." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.