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Brakeman in Caboose on a Chicago & North Western Freight Train, 1943 (editor's title)

C&NW brakeman
Clarence Averill, the rear brakeman on a Chicago & North Western freight train between Chicago, Illinois, and Clinton, Iowa, in January 1943. Averill is lighting a pipe while riding in the caboose's right hand bench seat on the main level of the caboose. Averill had been a brakeman since April 4, 1925.
Alternate Title FSA-OWI Railroad Photography
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, between Chicago, Illinois, and Clinton, Iowa; Temporal, January 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943
Resource Type
Extent 2-1/4 in. x 2-1/4 in., nitrate
Depicted Railroad
Location between Chicago, Illinois, and Clinton, Iowa
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-USW3- 014029-E
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