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Railroad Conductor and Engineer Comparing Watches, 1943 (editor's title)

Conductor and engineer checking watches
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway conductor George E. Burton (right) and engineer J. W. Edwards compare time before pulling out of Corwith Yard in Chicago, Illinois, March 1943. Edwards joined the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1927. Timekeeping was especially critical when railroad operations needed timetables and train orders, as the Santa Fe did in 1943. Train crews were required to purchase certified pocket watches and check them regularly. For a close-up of a railroad watch, see record 2313.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Corwith Yard, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, March 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943
Creator
Resource Type
Format
Classification
Extent 3-1/4 in. x 4-1/4 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Creator Description Jack Delano (1914-97) had careers as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, beginning in 1940, and a composer of music. Born in Ukraine, he came to the U.S. in 1923. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1932, and because of an impressive photographic project about mining conditions in the Pennsylvania anthracite area, got a job with the FSA. He photographed railroads extensively for the FSA and its successor, the Office of War Information. He worked particularly in Chicago, then to the Pacific Coast, often using color--a new medium at the time. He concentrated on showing how the railroad industry worked and on the people who did the work. As part of another FSA project he visited Puerto Rico and settled there in 1946, becoming an important composer of serious Puerto Rican music, much of it derived from folk tunes.
Collection Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information
Institution
Image ID LC-USW361-610
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