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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Jack Delano

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.

 

The Sheltering Sky: 1943

The Sheltering Sky: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. trip, March 1943. Section house along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in the vicinity of Encino, New Mexico. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Cajon Pass: 1943

Cajon Pass: 1943

March 1943. Santa Fe trip from Chicago to California. Trains on the Santa Fe tracks through Cajon Pass in the San Bernardino Mountains. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Proviso Perspective: 1943

Proviso Perspective: 1943

April 1943. More ocher trackage at the Chicago & North Western's Proviso Yard in Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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