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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Railroads

Near Normal: 1900

Near Normal: 1900

Circa 1900. "Track to be straightened. Normal, Ill's." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Slow Train Coming: 1943

Slow Train Coming: 1943

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

 

Cultural Oasis: 1905

Cultural Oasis: 1905

The Motor City circa 1905. "Detroit Opera House and Palmer Fountain." Also called the Merrill Fountain. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

High Roller: 1902

High Roller: 1902

Circa 1902. "Steel viaduct over Des Moines River, Iowa. Chicago & North Western Railway." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Whisky Warehouse: 1899

Whisky Warehouse: 1899

Circa 1899. "Hiram Walker & Sons, Walkerville, Ontario." Premises of the venerable Canadian distillery. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Red Mountain: 1906

Red Mountain: 1906

1906. "Iron mine, Red Mountain, Birmingham, Alabama." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Track Crew: 1942

Track Crew: 1942

November 1942. "Track crews repairing tracks in the roundhouse at the Illinois Central rail yard, Chicago." Photo by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 
 
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