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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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!

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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