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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Railroads

Black and White: 1942

Black and White: 1942

December 1942. "General view of a classification yard at the Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

The City That Works: 1943

The City That Works: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "General view of part of the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Chicago: 1943

Chicago: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "New York Central diesel switch engine moving freight cars at the South Water Street terminal of the Illinois Central R.R." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Eat Red Star Yeast: 1936

Eat Red Star Yeast: 1936

April 1936. "Housing alongside Chicago and Milwaukee Railroad. Milwaukee, Wisconsin." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the FSA.

 

Proviso Departure: 1943

Proviso Departure: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. More of those yellow Proviso rails. "General view of one of the departure yards at Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 

Hiawatha Noir: 1943

Hiawatha Noir: 1943

Chicago, January 1943. "Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul and Pacific 'Hiawatha' about to leave from Union Station." View full size. Photograph by Jack Delano.

 

Third and Houston: 1910

Third and Houston: 1910

Elevated tracks in New York circa 1910. "Third Avenue 'L' at Houston Street." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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