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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Railroads

Fast Food: 1943

Fast Food: 1943

March 1943. "Conductor George E. Burton, having lunch in the caboose on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chicago and Chillicothe." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Off the Rails: 1922

Off the Rails: 1922

July 31, 1922. Laurel, Maryland. "Two B&O freights wrecked in head-on crash at Laurel switch." Details here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

A Show of Hands: 1910

A Show of Hands: 1910

Circa 1910. "R.R. station at Manchester, New Hampshire." With a choice of time zones. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Doors of Perception: 1943

The Doors of Perception: 1943

March 1943. "View from caboose on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico." Next stop, Infinity. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Women Wipers: 1943

Women Wipers: 1943

May 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Women wipers of the Chicago & North Western Railroad going out to work on an engine at the roundhouse." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Allwite Morning: 1942

Allwite Morning: 1942

September 1942. "New York. Third Avenue elevated railway station in the Seventies at 8:30 a.m." America's Favorite at the "Guess It" scales. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

American Locomotive: 1943

American Locomotive: 1943

January 1943. "New M-4 tanks, which will soon be hurling their might against the Axis, in the Schenectady, New York, plant of the American Locomotive Company." Photo by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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