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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Railroads

Try the Train: 1937

Try the Train: 1937

California, March 1937. "Toward Los Angeles." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

South Water Street: 1943

South Water Street: 1943

April 1943. South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal, Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. Another view of the big Pabst sign against the Chicago skyline.

 

To Florida: 1908

To Florida: 1908

February 28, 1908. "Motorists starting to Florida." Automobilists heading to Race Week at Ormond Beach from New York. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

South by Southwest: 1943

South by Southwest: 1943

March 1943. Melrose, New Mexico. Chicago to California trip. "Santa Fe R.R. train." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso Yard: 1942

Proviso Yard: 1942

December 1942. Proviso Yard, Chicago & North Western R.R. "A train, or 'cut,' being pushed out of a receiving yard toward the hump. A brakeman rides each train to signal the engineer in the locomotive at the rear." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

High Bridge: 1865

High Bridge: 1865

April 1865. "Farmville, Virginia, vicinity. High bridge of the South Side Railroad across the Appomattox." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet collodion glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan; from Civil War photographs compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size.

 

Mrs. Sandman: 1943

Mrs. Sandman: 1943

April 1943. "Mrs. Thelma Cuvage, working in the sand house at the Chicago & North Western R.R. roundhouse at Clinton, Iowa. Her job is to see that sand is sifted and cleaned for use in the locomotives. Mrs. Cuvage's husband works as a guard at the Savanna, Illinois, ordnance plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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