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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ST. NICHOLAS RESTAURANT, c. 1873

Railroads

Timeless Depot: 1906

Timeless Depot: 1906

Circa 1906. "Southern Railway station, Knoxville, Tenn." What has four faces but no hands? 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

City Gas: 1912

City Gas: 1912

Circa 1912. "Foundation for retort house, construction for Detroit City Gas Company." A scene from the days when most big municipalities had an illuminating-gas plant where coal was heated to make the poisonous product known as "city gas." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Quincy Copper: 1906

Quincy Copper: 1906

1906. "Shaft No. 2, Quincy copper mine, Hancock, Michigan." Whatever is going on in there, we're glad we don't have to wash the windows. View full size.

 

Pinned: 1943

Pinned: 1943

March 1943. "Conductor G. Reynolds, checking his waybills in a caboose of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Argentine and Emporia, Kansas." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Far Horizons: 1943

Far Horizons: 1943

March 1943. "Duoro, New Mexico. Rounding a curve in the sheep and cattle country along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Clovis and Vaughn, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Lux Aeterna: 1943

Lux Aeterna: 1943

March 1943. "Brakeman Jack Torbet, sitting at the window of the caboose pulling out of Waynoka, Oklahoma, on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Seven Speeds: 1921

Seven Speeds: 1921

San Francisco circa 1921. "G.W. Thomas Drayage -- Fageol truck." With a dynamo in tow. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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