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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.


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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