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Corwith Yard, Chicago: 1943

Corwith Yard, Chicago: 1943

Santa Fe freight about to leave for the West Coast from the Corwith yard in Chicago. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, who went with the train to California, taking pictures along the way with his Graflex Speed Graphic. Look for them here in the coming days.

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"I know we couldn't live

"I know we couldn't live like that today with how much technology has changed us & the world."

But........ don't you wish we could!?
Stuff Greenies and Global Warming......bring back steam!

Re: RR trip out west

Look for more of those next week. In the meantime I've posted a Delano shot of a freshly painted caboose.

RR trip out west

What a lucky guy Delano was to be able to travel from Chicago to LA on the ATSF, I would love to do that myself today with BNSF. I'll be looking forward to seeing his trip pictures on Shorpy soon. By the way this site is absolutely great, love seeing all the historical pictures of how things were 100 yrs ago. I know we couldn't live like that today with how much technology has changed us & the world.

Color Photography

Delano's color shots are amazing for that era, when color tended to be a little fuzzy and indistinct.

[After the introduction of Kodachrome film in the 1930s, color photography was probably as sharp or sharper than it is today, given the large-format cameras they had. It was print reproduction, whether in snapshots or magazines, that tended to suffer - Dave]

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