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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Railroads

Heart of Darkness: 1943

Heart of Darkness: 1943

March 1943. "Argentine, Kansas. Freight train about to leave the Santa Fe railyard for the West Coast." Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

High Wires: 1936

High Wires: 1936

April 1936. "Chicago & Milwaukee tracks. Housing alongside electric railroad. Milwaukee freight yards and industrial plants overshadowed by residential district." Photo by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Philadelphia Rapid Transit: 1906

Philadelphia Rapid Transit: 1906

Circa 1906. "Elevated railway terminal, 70th and Market streets, Philadelphia." Another view of the building seen here. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Powerhouse: 1906

Powerhouse: 1906

Gulfport, Mississippi, circa 1906. "Powerhouse of the Great Southern Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Rail Hub: 1906

Rail Hub: 1906

Circa 1906. "Elevated railway terminal, 70th and Market streets, Philadelphia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Smoke and Steam: 1914

Smoke and Steam: 1914

Washington, D.C., circa 1914. "Covered train platforms of Union Station viewed from roof of the City Post Office at Massachusetts Avenue, with First Street N.E. seen along stone wall." At left is perhaps the main attraction of this view, one of the grittier sections of Washington, not usually captured in period photographs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Circa 1900. "Car ferry Transport, Detroit River." The unloaded version of this. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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