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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Jack Delano

The Hump Office: 1942

The Hump Office: 1942

December 1942. "Switch lists coming in by teletype to the hump office at a Chicago & North Western railroad yard, Chicago." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Cozy Depot: 1943

Cozy Depot: 1943

January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago & North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. At the end of the trip, conductor John Wolfsmith [last seen here] waits at the little railroad station for a suburban train to take him back home to Chicago. A welder who works at the rip tracks is trying to thaw out his frozen air hose." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Railyard: 1942

The Railyard: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago. Looking toward the north classification yard and retarder operator's tower at an Illinois Central railroad yard." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Coal, Water, Sand: 1942

Coal, Water, Sand: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago. Locomotives loading up with coal, water and sand at an Illinois Central Railroad yard before going out on the road." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Information Room: 1943

The Information Room: 1943

January 1943. "Information room at the Union Station, Chicago." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Vanishing Point: 1943

Vanishing Point: 1943

March 1943. "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Frosted Tracks: 1943

Frosted Tracks: 1943

March 1943. "Between Lockport and Joliet, Illinois, along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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