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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

En Route: 1936

En Route: 1936

May 1936. "Steam shovels on flatcars. Cherokee County, Kansas." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

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Dr. Seuss WAS NOT my mother

It was by P.D Eastman. I remember that because that was one of my favorite books when young and still fondly remember it. He also wrote Go, Dog, Go among others. I always liked him better than Dr. Seuss.

Cloud Cover.

Forget the steam shovels -- I'm in love with that SKY!

Theft

Sombody must have stolen number 262

Are You My Mother?

It seems fitting to share this photo on Mother's Day. Surely, you remember the Dr. Seuss classic. The "hero" was the steam shovel-- just like of these-- that scooped up the baby bird and plopped it back into its nest.

Steam shovels

We had that type of shovel when I worked at the GM&O railroad. They were called "ditchers" and traveled on a set of rails on the flat cars so they could clean out the drainage ditches beside the track.

Mary Ann

Which one is Mary Ann and where's Mike Mulligan?

Ditchers

These are maintenance-of-way shovels of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, used to clean along the tracks. Instead of caterpillar treads they have small wheels that allow them to run on rails placed on the flatcars so that they could move about while working.

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