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Proviso Yard: 1943

Proviso Yard: 1943

Freight cars in the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. April or May 1943. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.


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yellow paint

Its the clearance point dude, no wonder derails occur, dyslectic painters in our midst?

[Or maybe dyslexic. - Dave]

Jack Delano

Thanks for making this site searchable by photographer; it's the best single collection of Delano's images I can find on the web. Delano's photos are my favorite from the post-1930's period: unsentimental but still saying a lot. You might be interested to know that his son, Pablo Delano, is also a photographer; last I knew (late 1990's) he lived in the Hartford CT area, was teaching at Trinity College there.

More on Jack D

I found him through the Library of Congress' "American Memory" site. It was the railroad stuff -- the portraits, the train barns, the nighttime rail yard photos -- that got me.

Aside from the interview transcript with him and his wife that's in the Smithsonian archives, I don't know much else about him. What was his stuff like after he moved to Puerto Rico?

Jack Delano

Thanks for all the Jack Delano posts. I stumbled on his work several years ago. You have no idea how happy it makes me to find in Shorpy a fellow appreciator.
- Abraham

[Thanks Abraham! How did you find out about him? Online? He is my favorite of the photographers whose work is on the site. - Dave]

Yellow Rails

The rails that appear to be painted yellow have a fresh layer of rust on the railheads.

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