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Special Agent: 1943

Special Agent: 1943

May 1943. Chicago. "Special agent making his rounds at night at the South Water Street freight terminal of the Illinois Central Railroad." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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Shorpy RR

Really like the Shorpy watermark on the box car.

Detective Story

The agent's silhouette could very well be the logo of a detective story series, it's such a suggestive image! Wonderful image!

Channeling Shorpy

He would have loved this tribute, God rest his soul. Great choice of type by the way. Nicely done

Long time exposure plus flash

I do believe that this, in a way, is a self portrait. At least, in the style of the Renaissance painters who would include a likeness of themselves as one of the background crowd.

Based on the two bright streaks in the sky, likely planets rather than stars, this appears to be a rather long exposure as would be necessary to get a decent exposure of the buildings while using a moderately small aperture to get adequate depth of field. At some point during the exposure the person in the lower right (Delano probably) manually triggered a flash, lighting the rail cars and leaving themselves as a silhouette. Great technique (except the slight bump to the camera seen as a wiggle in the trails of the planets.

[The caption identifies the person in the lower right. It isn't Delano. -tterrace]

nice job

Great job of placing the "Shorpy" in this photo. I'd bet Mr. Delano would've had a chuckle over of it like I did.

You guys can be slick putting your "Shorpy" logo on that IC reefer in a nearly-matching font.

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