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

Jack Delano

Intern: 1942

Intern: 1942

Dr. S.J. Jackson, an intern, is ready to go into the operating room to assist in an operation at Provident Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Jack Delano, March, 1942. View full size.

 

10 Million Bushels: 1943

10 Million Bushels: 1943

March 1943. The giant Santa Fe Elevator near Kansas City, demolished in the 1990s, held 10 million bushels of grain. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Farm Security Administration/OWI.

 

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

April 1943. A.S. Gerdee of 3251 Maypole Street, Chicago, a switchman at the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

On the Waterfront: 1941

On the Waterfront: 1941

December 1941. Along the waterfront of Christiansted, Saint Croix, in the Virgin Islands. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Santa Fe Diesel: 1943

Santa Fe Diesel: 1943

March 1943. Washing one of the Santa Fe R.R. 5,400-horsepower diesel freight locomotives in the roundhouse at Argentine, Kansas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Lowell, Massachusetts: 1941

Lowell, Massachusetts: 1941

January 1941. Middlesex Street in the textile mill center of Lowell, Massachusetts. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Coaling: 1942

Coaling: 1942

December 1942. Locomotives over the ash pit at the roundhouse and coaling station of the Chicago & North Western Railroad yards. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 
 
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