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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Railroads

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.

 

No End in Sight: 1939

No End in Sight: 1939

October 1939. Western Pacific tracks through the unclaimed desert of northern Oregon, 10 miles from the railroad station at Irrigon. View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Union Station: 1943

Union Station: 1943

January 1943. The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago. View full size. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Roy Nelin: 1942

Roy Nelin: 1942

December 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. Roy Nelin, a box packer in the Proviso Yard roundhouse of the Chicago & North Western R.R. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Tracks in the Snow: 1942

Tracks in the Snow: 1942

December 1942. Three West Coast streamliners in the Chicago & North Western yards at Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

City of Los Angeles: 1942

City of Los Angeles: 1942

Detail from Jack Delano's shot of the C&NW railyards in December 1942, and streamliners City of Denver and City of Los Angeles. View full size.

 

Proviso Yard: 1942

Proviso Yard: 1942

December 1942. General view of the C&NW R.R. Proviso classification yard at Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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