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Santa Fe Railway Car Repairman's Helper Harry Tostado (editor's title)

Harry Tostado, steel car repairer's helper and rivet heater, at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway car shops in Topeka, Kansas, in March 1943. He worked at the shops from October 1942 to May 1946, spent 17 months in the army, returned to Topeka and the Santa Fe, and in May 1949 went back to the army for 26 years in railroad service as conductor, brakeman, and yardmaster. His father, Marceleno, born in Mexico, worked for the Santa Fe, 39 years in Topeka and San Bernardino. Harry's grandfathers, brother, two uncles, nephew, and cousin also worked for the railroad. In 2008, Harry is retired in California. Harry and family members living in Topeka confirmed the spelling of the family name, listed incorrectly as "Tostato" on the Library of Congress website.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Topeka, Kansas; Temporal, March 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943-11-03
Resource Type
Extent 2 1/4 in. x 2-1/4 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Topeka, Kansas
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.
Comments Many of Delano's railroad images were later published in James E. Valle's "The Iron Horse at War" (1977).
Collection Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information
Image ID LC-USW3-019761-E
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