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Yardman: 1942

Yardman: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. In the Proviso Yard roundhouse, Chicago & North Western Railroad." Nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Ready for the Saturday Evening Post cover

He looks like he'd been posed by Norman Rockwell.

A Face

... full of character: integrity, perseverance, and good humor.

I think it's called charisma

I just did a cursory review of the other Jack Delano photos posted. I cannot find another where the subject was taken out of their element and posed the way this man was. It wasn't just because of his good looks or cool hat. Even in this eighty-year-old photograph, you tend to lock eyes with the subject and see someone who is very contemporary.

Dave, thanks for putting the Jack Delano link in my post. It's a treat to see his photos presented like that. The one of Roy Nelin stands out, also taken December 1942 at the Proviso Yard roundhouse of the Chicago & North Western R.R. Jack Delano was having a really creative day.

He's not looking for hard work

Hard work just seems to find him. And he's not afraid to get his hands dirty.

One hard workin' man

What a great person to have as a neighbor.

Man!

What a glorious and proud face. I wish a name could go to his Shorpy memory.

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