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The Information Room: 1943

The Information Room: 1943

January 1943. "Information room at the Union Station, Chicago." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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On the phone number board left of the window. Parmelee was the outfit that shuttled passengers and their baggage between stations in the Windy City. Very busy and profitable at one time.

Spirit of 1943

There are three, possibly four, instances of the "Spirit of 1943" advertisement (clearer picture below) visible in this photograph, the most obvious being in the lower left. I wonder if that advert was used as the cover for some common informational booklet, or if several copies of some magazine just happened to be open to that page when the photo was taken...

Technology changes

Now we can press 1 for Spanish or 2 for English. Then 1 for eastbound trains and 2 for westbound trains. So impersonal and painful to deal with. At the cost of many a job. Menial, but it was a job. Makes me almost ashamed that I've helped in some of these systems being developed.

Questions, questions.

" Mam, I'm sorry but you were misinformed. There is no Cannonball Train
to Wabash, Indiana".

Handcranked pencil sharpeners.

Life was tough in 1943.

Room with a view

Not much gazing out the window on a nice spring day.

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