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Conductor Cunningham: 1943

Conductor Cunningham: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. Getting his waybills, Conductor Cunningham telephones his yardmaster with the number of cars he has to handle and where the delivery is to be made." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Gibson in Hammond Indiana

might also be where this pic was taken. The IHB had their main offices located there, along with a big hump (Classification) yard.

The Indiana Harbor Belt at Gibson is where the billing offices processed and mailed out their accounts payable.

Tube job

Love pics having anything to do with the 40's and trains. The pneumatic tubes remind me of a summer job I had once at a large wholesaler. I worked the central tube room and distributed the tubes to stations all over the building. Fun job and the learning curve was a straight line.

Blue Island

Chances are good the location is the Blue Island yard office. The rolled paper looks like stored train lists that came over teletype machines. Notice the two tubes (left side of image) that carried waybills, train lists and such over the pneumatic tube system to various offices within the yard.

Paper rolled into cylinders

I wonder what the function was for the paper rolled into cylinders in front?

[I'd say print-outs of previous schedules, bundled for convenient storage. -tterrace]

Also, you never see anything with scissor extensions anymore, they're the most steampunk thing ever.

oh REAL-ly

@Kcamp I know Adolph Treidler worked out of New York, but when he made that poster he must have been using a reference photo from the Norfolk & Western, because that's one of the better portraits of a Y6 Class I've seen, in the foreground.

Poster in the upper right

Buy Bonds! Win the War!

I like my coffee light

A pot light made from a coffee can (from 1943) will look great hanging over any kitchen island. Going to add it to my list of options.

Poster in Upper Left

Adolph Treidler poster from the early 1940s.

American ingenuity at work

Coffee can used as a lampshade. Gotta love that.

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