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Spring Planting: 1943

Spring Planting: 1943

April 1943. Chicago, Illinois. "Chicago & North Western RR railroad workers cultivating a little Victory garden at the Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

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What an astounding photograph!

Not only does it have an all-encompassing and horribly stark beauty but those guys are also planting with an innocent faith in a worthwhile return. I shudder to imagine what sorts of toxins may have been dumped there first, though, and that consideration very probably never crossed their minds. This is, in my opinion, one of the best photos I've seen on this site.

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