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

Jack Delano

Amarillo: 1943

Amarillo: 1943

General view of Amarillo, Texas, taken by Jack Delano on his trip via the Santa Fe rails from Chicago to California in March 1943. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, Office of War Information. View full size | View even larger. The street running left to right is SW 11th Avenue, crossing South Tyler Street. The building with the red tile roof is First Presbyterian Church at 1100 South Harrison. Another 1943 view of the neighborhood and South Tyler street is here.

 

White Plains: 1941

White Plains: 1941

The caption for this 4x5 Kodachrome transparency is "Near White Plains, Georgia?" The circa 1941 photo, of a woman in front of a frame building flying the U.S. and Georgia colors, is attributed to Jack Delano although it bears the notation "Possibly photographed by Marion Post Wolcott." View full size.

 

Tap: 1942

Tap: 1942

A tap dancing class in the gymnasium at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa. Photo by Jack Delano, 1942. View full size.

 

Calle de Coca-Cola: 1941

Calle de Coca-Cola: 1941

Street in San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 1941. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, who moved to Puerto Rico permanently in 1946. The cross street is Calle de Rafael Cordero and the street we're looking down is Calle de Dr. Jose C. Barb-- with the last few letters obscured.

 

Amarillo, Texas: 1943

Amarillo, Texas: 1943

View of Amarillo, Texas, taken on Santa Fe R.R. trip in March 1943. South Tyler at SW 10th Avenue. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso Yard: 1943

Proviso Yard: 1943

Freight cars in the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. April or May 1943. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Bagdad Flagman: 1943

Bagdad Flagman: 1943

Flagman behind a Santa Fe R.R. westbound freight during a stop at Bagdad, Calif. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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