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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Railroads

Big Boumi: 1923

Big Boumi: 1923

"Past and present in locomotives. Eckington Yards, June 4, 1923." A closeup of the locomotive seen here yesterday in the Baltimore & Ohio rail yard during the Masonic convention in Washington, D.C. The big engine wears the livery of "Boumi Temple," a Baltimore Shrine lodge. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Eckington Yards: 1923

Eckington Yards: 1923

        UPDATE: Click here for a better look at the big locomotive barely visible behind the freight yard sign.

"Eckington Yards, June 4, 1923." A rare and unusually detailed look at the Baltimore & Ohio rail yard in Washington, D.C., during that year's big gathering of Masonic lodges. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Ride This Train: 1968

Ride This Train: 1968

Johnny Cash in 1968, near the Arkansas farm where he grew up. Going to Memphis, no doubt. From photos by Joel Baldwin for the Look magazine assignment "The Restless Ballad of Johnny Cash." View full size.

 

The Travelers: 1943

The Travelers: 1943

January 1943. "At the information desk at Union Station, Chicago." Our Lady of the Rails. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Shopton Shops: 1943

The Shopton Shops: 1943

March 1943. Fort Madison, Iowa. "In the train control room at the Shopton shops of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Testing pneumatic train control equipment. This rack is used for testing about eight different parts of the apparatus." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

4 Seconds Fast: 1943

4 Seconds Fast: 1943

March 1943. More Marceline, Missouri. "A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." This fellow would seem to be sensitive to glare. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mission Control: 1943

Mission Control: 1943

March 1943. "Marceline, Missouri. A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." We could use one of those desks at Shorpy Central. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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