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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Railroads

Field of Wheels: 1942

Field of Wheels: 1942

November 1942. Chicago. "Wheels and axles outside the locomotive shops at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Road & Tracks: 1938

Road & Tracks: 1938

January 20, 1938. "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge under construction. View of track and roadway, lower deck, East Bay. Caltrans, photographer." Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Penn Station 1.0

Penn Station 1.0

"Thirty-Second Street entrance, Pennsylvania Station, New York." The original Penn Station in the final stages of construction, circa 1910. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Trailer Trashed: 1954

Trailer Trashed: 1954

"Railyard accident." Oakland again, circa 1954, and the Curious Case of the Tipped Trailer. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Two-Totaler: 1956

Two-Totaler: 1956

Fruitvale Avenue at 10th Street Street in Oakland circa 1956, and yet another vignette of vehicular violence. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

Fellow Travelers: 1936

Fellow Travelers: 1936

Feb. 6, 1936. "El station, Sixth and Ninth Avenue lines, downtown side, 72nd Street and Columbus Avenue, Manhattan." The WiFi is down, but we do have heat! 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott, Federal Art Project. View full size.

 

Lucky Lager: 1957

Lucky Lager: 1957

Oakland, 1957. "Accident on tracks." Note the beer can next to the rail, and let's be careful out there. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 
 
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