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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JAVA NIGHT-LIMITED, c. 1930s

Railroads

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.

 

The Giant Elevator: 1943

The Giant Elevator: 1943

March 1943. "The giant Santa Fe R.R. 10 million bushel grain elevator, Kansas." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

Sanitary Train: 1917

Sanitary Train: 1917

1917. "American Red Cross sanitary railroad car." The "sanitary trains" of World War I played a major role in the delivery of relief supplies and medical care to Allied prisoners in Europe, as well as their repatriation after the Armistice. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Potomac Yard: 1925

Potomac Yard: 1925

Circa 1925. "Potomac Yards, Alexandria." The railyard just outside Washington in Alexandria, Virginia. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Mike Evans: 1943

Mike Evans: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "Mike Evans, a welder, at the rip tracks of the Proviso Yard, Chicago & North Western R.R." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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