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Indiana Harbor Belt RR, switchman demonstrating signal with a "fusee"

Switchman with fusee
Switchman on the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad demonstrating signal with a "fusee" at Calumet City, Illinois in January 1943. In the days before radio communications, train crews communicated with hand signals, and used fusees at twilight and dawn, when visibility is poor. This signal tells the locomotive engineer to "stop." Railroaders still use fusees in rare occasions.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Calumet City, Illinois; Temporal, January 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943-10-01
Resource Type
Extent Not available
Depicted Railroad
Location Calumet City, 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-USW36-630
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