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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Railroads

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

Chicago: 1943, 11:35

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

 

Cajon Pass: 1943

Cajon Pass: 1943

March 1943. Santa Fe trip from Chicago to California. Trains on the Santa Fe tracks through Cajon Pass in the San Bernardino Mountains. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Proviso Perspective: 1943

Proviso Perspective: 1943

April 1943. More ocher trackage at the Chicago & North Western's Proviso Yard in Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Family Trip: 1939

Family Trip: 1939

August 1939. Agricultural migrants. "Family who traveled by freight train. Toppenish, Washington. Yakima Valley." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Over and Under: 1938

Over and Under: 1938

Summer of 1938. "Underpass in central Ohio, Route 40. Roadside does not at first present a definite or meaningful picture. Closer investigation begins to reveal the character of the place." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

Under the El: 1940

Under the El: 1940

July 1940. Another view under the elevated tracks in Chicago. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Shadowland: 1940

Shadowland: 1940

July 1940. "Under the elevated railway, Chicago, Illinois." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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