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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Railroads

Manhattan Terminal: 1907

Manhattan Terminal: 1907

The Brooklyn Bridge Promenade and Manhattan Terminal in 1907 amid a forest of billboards facing the trains. The domed structure is the New York World building. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Johnnie X: 1908

Johnnie X: 1908

December 1908. Dillon, South Carolina. Johnnie, works at Maple Mills. 8 years old. Said "Ain't got no last name" when asked for it. Beginning to "help sister spin." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Strangers on a Train: 1928

Strangers on a Train: 1928

"Southern Railway, interior of car," circa 1928 in or near Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Over the River: 1902

Over the River: 1902

"Chicago & North Western viaduct over Des Moines River near Boone, Iowa" ca. 1902. Photo by William Henry Jackson. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Capitol Refining: 1925

Capitol Refining: 1925

A glimpse at the industrial side of Washington circa 1925, labeled "Capitol Refining Co. plant." This tank farm, where the Pentagon stands today, was described at the time as being in "Relee, Alexandria County, just south of the highway bridge." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Caboose Track: 1943

Caboose Track: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "Caboose on the caboose track at the Chicago & North Western RR Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Caution: 1922

Caution: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Rail guard." View full size. National Photo Company.

 
 
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