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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN MUSIC, c 1930s

Jack Delano

Routing the Rails: 1943

Routing the Rails: 1943

April 1943. "Switchman throwing a switch at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard, Chicago, Ill." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Tubularity: 1940

The Tubularity: 1940

October 1940. "Painting the cylinders of aircraft motors at the Pratt & Whitney plant. East Hartford, Conn." Nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Field of Wheels: 1942

Field of Wheels: 1942

November 1942. Chicago. "Wheels and axles outside the locomotive shops at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Slow Train Coming: 1943

Slow Train Coming: 1943

March 1943. "Gallup, New Mexico. A train on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Track Crew: 1942

Track Crew: 1942

November 1942. "Track crews repairing tracks in the roundhouse at the Illinois Central rail yard, Chicago." Photo by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

Götterdämmerung: 1942

Götterdämmerung: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Repair and overhauling in the Chicago & North Western Railroad locomotive shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Eastbound Freight: 1943

Eastbound Freight: 1943

March 1943. "Parmerton, Texas. Passing an eastbound freight on the Santa Fe Railroad between Amarillo and Clovis, New Mexico." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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