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On Top of Old Steamy: 1943

On Top of Old Steamy: 1943

Clinton, Iowa. April 1943. "Chicago & North Western Railroad. Women wipers at the roundhouse cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." In the red bandanna: Marcella Hart, seen here in a few other posts. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Spectactular, transcendent Images!

The series of 4x5 Kodachromes from the WWII era are inspiring and transcendent and truly original and beautiful. Kodachrome looks like life.

Toot Couture

They wear HEELS to climb all over a locomotive?
Seems a bit PRECARIOUS to me!

An inspiring series of photos

My fellow Shorpyfiles might be interested to know that this particular series of photos inspired a re-enactment a few years ago at the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan. You can see the photos in this gallery:

There are also several posted at

Thanks to Shorpy and Dave for finding and posting these.

Gotta love those 4x5 Kodachromes!

These wartime 4x5 Kodachromes are so great! I don't know what it is, the colors may not be exactly accurate, but there's just something about them that grabs me. Some special kind of beauty. And the subjects, of course, pure Americana of the mid-twentieth century, that's the icing on the cake. Keep 'em coming! "Mama, don't take my Kodachrome away!"

Nice caboose

Carry on.

What a job.

That looks really time consuming!

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