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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Jack Delano

Pabst Backward: 1943

Pabst Backward: 1943

April 1943. Pabst beer sign over the Illinois Central freight yard at South Water Street. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Trucks Unloading: 1943

Trucks Unloading: 1943

Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad, South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Who can ID the buildings?

 

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Thomas Madrigal greasing a locomotive in the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R., Blue Island, Ill. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

40th Street Shop: 1942

40th Street Shop: 1942

40th Street Shop, Chicago & Northwestern R.R. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Back to the days of the blacksmith: The only tools seen here are two hammers, a wrench and a broom.

 

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

December 1942. Chicago & North Western roundhouse, Chicago. View full size. Also in vertical format. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Locomotive Dreams: 1942

Roundhouse at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad yard, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso Yard Switchman: 1943

Proviso Yard Switchman: 1943

Switchman at the Chicago & Northwestern R.R. Proviso Yard, Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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