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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Jack Delano

Go Ahead: 1943

Go Ahead: 1943

January 1943. Calumet City, Illinois. Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad switchman demonstrating signal with a fusee, used at twilight and dawn, when visibility is poor. This signal means "go ahead." View full size. Caption and 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Bensenville: 1943

Bensenville: 1943

May 1943. Bensenville, Illinois. Section crew of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad taking up track. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Stop: 1943

Stop: 1943

January 1943. "Indiana Harbor Belt R.R. switchman demonstrating signal with a fusee, used at twilight and dawn when visibility is poor. This signal means stop." Calumet City, Ill. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Chicago Noir: 1942

Chicago Noir: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Work goes on twenty-four hours a day at this Chicago and North Western Railroad yard." View full size. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Spa Treatment: 1942

Spa Treatment: 1942

December 1942. Boxcars being refurbished. "Regular tracks of the South Yards of the Chicago & North Western R.R. Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Parked Girl: 1941

Parked Girl: 1941

August 1941. Cars in the business district of Brattleboro, Vermont. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

April 1943. South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad at Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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