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Marcella and Viola: 1943

Marcella and Viola: 1943

April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Marcella Hart and Viola Sievers, wipers for the Chicago & North Western Railroad, cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Marcella and Elibia: 1943

Marcella and Elibia: 1943

Women employed as roundhouse wipers having lunch, Chicago & North Western Railroad, Clinton, Iowa. Marcella Hart is at left, Mrs. Elibia Siematter at right. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Pabst Backward: 1943

Pabst Backward: 1943

April 1943. Pabst beer sign over the Illinois Central freight yard at South Water Street. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Trucks Unloading: 1943

Trucks Unloading: 1943

Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad, South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Who can ID the buildings?

 

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Thomas Madrigal greasing a locomotive in the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R., Blue Island, Ill. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Johnnie and His Friend: 1908

Tallest boy Johnnie Younts, 72 Kirk Street, Salisbury, North Carolina. Has worked at in Salisbury Mills for 8 years. Began at 7 years old. When can he get any education? Other boy one year in mill. December 1908. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. [At least they could afford nice clothes - Dave]

 

40th Street Shop: 1942

40th Street Shop: 1942

40th Street Shop, Chicago & Northwestern R.R. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Back to the days of the blacksmith: The only tools seen here are two hammers, a wrench and a broom.

 
 
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