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View Resource State Street North from Madison, Chicago
State Street, Chicago

A chromolithograph of Chicago, with cable cars on State Street and Chicago's elevated structure on Lake Street. Jackson traveled on the Chicago & North Western, making a series of images published in remarkably faithful color. The view shows numerous tall buildings, large crowds of people, and horse-drawn conveyances. Chicago's loop with notable tall buildings on both sides of State Street,...

View Resource Locomotive Reflected on a Rail (editor's title)
Diesel Locomotive Reflected on Rail

A Milwaukee Road freight train waits on the main line to enter the Portage, Wisconsin, yards on a late afternoon, detained by yard congestion. The orange and black locomotive is very near the center of the frame, and its image is reflected in the shiny left rail of the track. The photographer was the locomotive engineer, who "set camera on rail...I was always looking for a way to get different...

View Resource Children Watching Carnival Train (editor's title)
Children Watching Carnival Train

Five children watch a westbound Royal American Shows train at Hilton's Hill in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The children in the foreground are, left to right, two neighbors of the Farences, Connie and Adam Farence, and another neighbor. The children delight in merely seeing the train, in turn delighting ther viewer with their enthusiasm. The Royal American Shows provided midway attractions in the U.S....

View Resource Rolling Power

In 1939, painter Charles Sheeler was commissioned by Fortune magazine to do a series of images on the theme of "Power." The nation's most important business magazine, which had begun publication in 1930, was handsomely produced, with articles by well-respected writers and work by notable artists. Sheeler had long been fascinated by the unusual beauty of American industry, his Precisionist vision...

View Resource Diesel-electric Freight at Ash Fork, Arizona (editor's title)

Photographer Jack Delano recognized trains as an iconic feature of American cultural identity. Trains are central to American life; trains had long linked small communities to the outside world. This image conveys and celebrates the sheer mechanical power of these big machines. This one was traveling between Winslow and Seligman, Arizona, and stopped on a siding to cool its wheels after descending...

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