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Roundhouse Worker at the Chicago & North Western's Proviso Yard in Chicago, 1942 (editor's title)

C&NW roundhouse worker
William London, a roundhouse worker at the Chicago & North Western Railway's Proviso Yard in Chicago, Illinois, in December 1942. London had been a railroad worker for 25 years at the time of the photograph. He is shown posing on the pilot of a steam locomotive; its front coupler is visible at lower left. Working in a steam locomotive roundhouse is incredibly dirty work, as evidenced by London's blackened face and clothing.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, December 1942
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1942
Resource Type
Extent 3-1/4 in. x 4-1/4 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Depicted Occupation
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-USW36-578
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