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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Railroads

The Kodachrome Hills: 1942

The Kodachrome Hills: 1942

May 1943. "Nearly exhausted sulfur vat from which railroad cars are loaded. Freeport Sulphur Company at Hoskins Mound, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon, Office of War Information.

 

Calumet Park: 1943

Calumet Park: 1943

January 1943. Indiana Harbor Belt switch engine near Calumet Park stockyards at Calumet City, Ill. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Serve in Silence: 1942

Serve in Silence: 1942

December 1942. A winter afternoon in the North Proviso yardmaster's office, Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Click here for a closeup of the poster on the wall.

 

Polar Express: 1942

Polar Express: 1942

December 1942. Proviso classification yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

10 Million Bushels: 1943

10 Million Bushels: 1943

March 1943. The giant Santa Fe Elevator near Kansas City, demolished in the 1990s, held 10 million bushels of grain. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Farm Security Administration/OWI.

 

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

April 1943. A.S. Gerdee of 3251 Maypole Street, Chicago, a switchman at the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Death Avenue II

Death Avenue II

Another bird's-eye view of Eleventh Avenue, a.k.a "Death Avenue," on New York's West Side as captured by the Bain News Service circa 1911. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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