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Off the Rails: 1943

Off the Rails: 1943

January 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Residents of Miss Lucille Disher's rooming house for rail workers. Rear brakeman Clarence Averill and James Lynch, engineer on the Pacific Limited who has four sons in the Navy, Marine Corps, Army Air Corps, and Army." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.


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Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch

The movie marquee lists this film from 1942, starring Fay Bainter & Hugh Herbert.


Arrrrr. Zoller's.

Four of many heroes

I hope Mr. Lynch's boys made it home safely.

Well dressed brakemen

These guys sure are well turned out, sartorially speaking. They look more like railroad owners than rear brakemen. My, how times have changed.

Pretty Spiffy Pair

These days, most Americans wouldn't be dressed with such care for their own funerals, let alone for an outing based on a couple of steins of Zoller's and a stroll through beautiful downtown Clinton.

Lynch's expression suggests he had a lot on his mind and with four sons serving, he doubtless did.

Miss Disher

Born 14 Jul 1903 died 5 Feb 2003 After the war, she became a telephone operator.

Moonlighting photographer

In this image, photographer (Jack) Delano shares a Disher rooming house room #2 with Clarence Averill, James Lynch shared room #4 with another likely railroad worker.

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