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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Railroads

On the Road: 1939

On the Road: 1939

February 1939. Calipatria, Imperial Valley. Car on siding across tracks from pea packing plant. Twenty-five year old itinerant, originally from Oregon. "On the road eight years, all over the country, every state in the union, back and forth, pick up a job here and there, traveling all the time." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Bensenville: 1943

Bensenville: 1943

May 1943. Bensenville, Illinois. Section crew of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad taking up track. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Stop: 1943

Stop: 1943

January 1943. "Indiana Harbor Belt R.R. switchman demonstrating signal with a fusee, used at twilight and dawn when visibility is poor. This signal means stop." Calumet City, Ill. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Chicago Noir: 1942

Chicago Noir: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Work goes on twenty-four hours a day at this Chicago and North Western Railroad yard." View full size. Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Places to Go: 1941

Places to Go: 1941

October 1941. The main-concourse information desk at Grand Central Terminal in New York. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Grand Central: 1941

Grand Central: 1941

October 1941. "Grand Central Terminal, New York City." View full size. Medium format negative by John Collier. FSA/Office of War Information archive.

 

Spa Treatment: 1942

Spa Treatment: 1942

December 1942. Boxcars being refurbished. "Regular tracks of the South Yards of the Chicago & North Western R.R. Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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