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View in a departure yard at C & NW RR's Proviso (?) yard at twilight, Chicago, Ill.

C&NW departure yard
View of a Chicago & Northwestern Railroad freight departure yard at twilight in December 1942, possibly Proviso Yard in Chicago. In the lower foreground is a lighted switch stand, used to both control and display the status of a track switch. At upper left, the blurred form of a freight car moves away from the camera, while the movements of a worker carrying a lantern show up as squiggles of light in the upper half of the photo. A long exposure, spanning several seconds, was necessary in the low light given the extremely slow speed (ASA 12) of color film in the 1940s.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, December 1942
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1942-10-12
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Creator Description Jack Delano had careers as both a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, beginning in 1942, and a composer of music, who grew up on Puerto Rican folk songs. Born in Russia, he came to the U.S. in 1923. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1932, and got a job with the Farm Security Administration because of an impressive photographic project about mining conditions in the Pennsylvania anthracite area. As part of an FSA project he visited Puerto Rico and settled there in 1946. He photographed railroads extensively for the FSA and its successor, the Office of War Information.
Collection Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information
Image ID LC-USW36-557
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