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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Railroads

Proviso Yard, Chicago: 1942

Proviso Yard, Chicago: 1942

December 1942. Classification yard at the Chicago & Northwestern Proviso Yard, Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

South Water Street Terminal: 1943

South Water Street Terminal: 1943

April 1943. Illinois Central R.R. freight cars at the South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. The C & O and Nickel Plate Railroads lease part of this terminal. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Night Freight: 1943

Night Freight: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. yard at night, Kansas City, Kansas. March 1943. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. <View full size. to see the light trails made by the yard workers' torches in this time exposure, as well as a phantom number (3167, at right) that must have been on a train that paused in front of the camera.

 

Hall of Dinosaurs: 1943

Hall of Dinosaurs: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. locomotive shops, Topeka, Kansas. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

Pabst Over Chicago: 1943

South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago. May 1, 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Second City Noir: 9:05

Second City Noir: 9:05

Illinois Central R.R. freight cars in South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. April 1943. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size. Judging by the clock, this was a five-minute time exposure.

 
 
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