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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE SCHOOLS AT WAR PROGRAM, 1942

Railroads

Military R.R.: 1865

Military R.R.: 1865

City Point, Virginia, circa 1865. "Gen. J.C. Robinson" and other locomotives of the U.S. Military Railroad. From views of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Alva Paul LeMay

Alva Paul LeMay

This is a picture of my grandfather Alva Paul LeMay (tall man left of the window) and Chester Duffield (to his left). As the story goes Chester befriended my grandfather, taught him to read and write and got him on at the railroad. Unknown location. View full size.

Low Rider: 1942

Low Rider: 1942

December 1942. "Worker inspecting a locomotive on a pit in the roundhouse at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

John Roberts: 1908

John Roberts: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, S.C. "Maple Mills. John Roberts, been in mill two years. Runs four and five sides." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Going Nowhere: 1930

Going Nowhere: 1930

"Car interior. Washington & Old Dominion R.R." Our third and final look at Pennsy car 4928 on the tracks of the W. & O.D., whose right-of-way is now plied by commuters taking I-66 into Washington. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

All Aboard: 1930

All Aboard: 1930

"Car interior. Washington & Old Dominion R.R." Another circa 1930 view of a decrepit Pennsylvania Railroad car that seems to have come into the possession of the W. & O.D. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ghost Coach: 1930

Ghost Coach: 1930

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1915-1930. One of three H&E glass negatives labeled "Car exterior. Washington & Old Dominion R.R." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size. The others are here and here.

 
 
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