Daniel Sinise of Blue Island, Illinois, poses beside locomotive 307 of the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad, a line that transferred freight cars to and from yards of mainline railroads in Chicago, and served industries in the Chicago area. Its headquarters were in Gibson, Indiana. Sinise (1900-79) worked as a conductor out of the yard in Riverdale, Illinois; he was known as "King" by his crew. A brother and brother-in-law also worked for railroads. The photograph is one of many of the Sinise family taken by Jack Delano for the U.S. Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information, whose nationwide project was one of the most notable undertakings in U.S. photographic history.
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