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Hard to believe that in the days before email locomotive portrait photographers had their own photo-sharing network, trading pictures among each other to fill in gaps in their own negative collections. All were valuable, but unusual number combinations like this were highly prized.
Texas & Pacific Railroad Texas-type #666 is at Shreveport, Louisiana in September, 1949. T&P engine crews did in fact refer to this locomotive as "The Devil Engine". View full size.
A glimpse at the industrial side of Washington circa 1925, labeled "Capitol Refining Co. plant." This tank farm, where the Pentagon stands today, was described at the time as being in "Relee, Alexandria County, just south of the highway bridge." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.