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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Jack Delano

Home Depot: 1940

Home Depot: 1940

December 1940. "Secondhand plumbing store, Brockton, Mass." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size. As of 2007, Saba Mechanical Plumbing & Heating is still in business in Brockton, at an address on Linus Avenue.

 

125 Pleasant Street: 1941

125 Pleasant Street: 1941

Street corner, Brockton, Massachusetts. January 1941. Two blurry figures pass by a fire hydrant in this time exposure by Jack Delano. View full size. Using the 125 above the door and the street sign as clues, we were able to find this building in Google Maps: 125 Pleasant Street at North Warren Avenue. It's the building to the right with the white roof, and seems to be more or less unchanged. Some of the apartments above the store are on the market as condos. The building the photographer used as his vantage point has disappeared, replaced by a parking lot.

 

American Gothic: 1940

American Gothic: 1940

Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts. December 1940. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size. These houses, which look to have been built in the 1890s, must have been imposing in their day. Note the elaborate woodwork and intricate system of gutters and downspouts.

 

Night Freight: 1943

Night Freight: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. yard at night, Kansas City, Kansas. March 1943. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. <View full size. to see the light trails made by the yard workers' torches in this time exposure, as well as a phantom number (3167, at right) that must have been on a train that paused in front of the camera.

 

Hall of Dinosaurs: 1943

Hall of Dinosaurs: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. locomotive shops, Topeka, Kansas. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Paging Edward Hopper: 1940

Paging Edward Hopper: 1940

Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts. December 1940. Photograph by Jack Delano. View full size. These duplexes must have been fairly grand when they were new, probably around the turn of the century. They look like the house where Granny and Tweety Bird lived. Are they still there?

 

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago. May 1, 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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