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Illinois Central R.R., freight cars in South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago, Ill.

Night view of Illinois Central Railroad freight cars in Chicago's South Water Street freight terminal in April 1943. Dominating the scene is an electronic billboard advertising Pabst Blue Ribbon beer. The Pabst Brewing Company is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continues to make Blue Ribbon beer. The clock on the billboard shows that the time is just after 9:00 p.m.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, April 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943-10-04
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-USW36-1072
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