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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Jack Delano

Klesken Cleans Up: 1943

Klesken Cleans Up: 1943

April 1943. Proviso Yards of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. Joseph Klesken washing up after a day's work on the rip tracks. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Homeward Bound: 1941

Homeward Bound: 1941

January 1941. Lowell, Mass. "Commuters who have just come off the train, waiting for the bus to go home." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso Freight House: 1943

Proviso Freight House: 1943

April 1943. "Chicago & North Western R.R. Tracks leading into the freight house at Proviso yard. This is said to be the largest covered freight house in the world." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI.

 

What a Dump: 1943

What a Dump: 1943

May 1943. Pennsylvania R.R. iron ore docks, Cleveland. "After the ore is weighed in the Hulett unloader it is dropped in the waiting hopper cars below." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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