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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Railroads

Compleat Angler: 1901

Compleat Angler: 1901

Circa 1901. "Bridge over the Susquehanna at Pittston, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Santa Fe Flagman: 1943

Santa Fe Flagman: 1943

March 1943. "Baring, Missouri. A flagman returning to a train on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad about to start, after having taken on coal and water." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Character Study: 1941

Character Study: 1941

July 1941. "Chicago, Illinois. Man watching subway construction." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Bowery Banking: 1947

Bowery Banking: 1947

New York circa 1947. "Manhattan Savings Bank and Third Avenue elevated tracks." The bank, completed in 1924, stands at the corner of Bowery and Canal on the Lower East Side. 4x5 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

See Grand Caverns: 1930

See Grand Caverns: 1930

Circa 1930. "Vice President Curtis at Capitol with steam car." Which, as evidenced by the news item below, encountered a bit of trouble during its stop in Washington. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

Auto Locomotive Leads to Arrest

Man to Be Tried for Using Car
For Advertising Railroad.

The Washington Post -- May 17, 1930

        Albert E. Lentz, of 501 Twelfth street northwest, will be tried in Police Court next Thursday on charges of using a motor vehicle for advertising purposes and of driving an automobile with view obstructed.
        The latter charge was placed against the man after traffic officials had inspected the vehicle, a locomotive on an automobile chassis, at the Traffic Bureau. The vehicle, which is used to advertise the Norfolk & Western Railway and the Grand Caverns of the Shenandoah Valley, was driven to the Police Court Building and was inspected by Judge Isaac R. Hitt before the case was continued.
        Lentz was arrested yesterday morning on Madison Place Northwest by Sergt. Milton D. Smith and Policeman J.R. LeFoe, both of the Traffic Bureau.

 

Snow Belt Special: 1943

Snow Belt Special: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. The train pulls out of the Chicago & North Western yard." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Off the Rails: 1943

Off the Rails: 1943

January 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Residents of Miss Lucille Disher's rooming house for rail workers. Rear brakeman Clarence Averill and James Lynch, engineer on the Pacific Limited who has four sons in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Corps, and Army." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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