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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Man-Cave Caboose: 1943

Man-Cave Caboose: 1943

January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago & North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The caboose is the conductor's second home. He always uses the same one and many conductors cook and sleep there while waiting for trains to take back from division points." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Caboose Humor

I love the sign posted over the doorway: "Dining car in opposite direction".

It looks like a sign from a passenger train advising passengers that they were going in the wrong direction, if they were looking for the dining car.

Having had the exasperation of walking through several cars and discovering it was all for naught. Then having to retrace one's steps dodging other passengers through a moving train, a sign like this would have been very helpful.

Ah!! To once again eat and sleep on a train is something I doubt I will ever again experience.

Love this!

I love this picture! My house is right on this rail-line.. looking at them right now out my office window as I type. Thanks for posting this picture!

Pinups

Several appear to be by Vargas, clipped from Esquire perhaps.

Pinups

Cover the era from late '20s to 1943 when the photograph was made. Especially cute is a charmer from about 1927 made like a little fan right under a young lady dressed in the styles of the day.

Snow in September

Unfortunately the gams of the reclining nude (not of the Amedeo Modigliani variety) obscure the snow related details of September 25, 1942. The attached weather map gives us a clue however. It appears as if a train from Chicago to Iowa would have been in the white stuff most of the way.

The calendar features a historic trio of the famed CNW 400 locomotive fleet; Chicago to St. Paul, Minnesota---400 miles in 400 minutes.

Humble chapeaux

Stormy Kromer cap on his head, another hanging on the wall. I bet they loved theirs as much as I do mine.

September 25

I'm guessing that says "1st snow 9-25 5pm." Do you suppose it was common for train crews to record the first snow of the season?

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