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Freight Locomotive Engineer (editor's title)

Locomotive engineer Joseph Stites looks out from the cab
Joseph Stites, engineer on the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana, leans out the cab of his steam locomotive in January 1943. Stites, who lived in Franklin Park, Illinois, joined the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1920. The IHB connected with all main line railroads entering Chicago, moving carload freight through the city. It operated from Franklin Park east to Dune Park in Indiana.
Source Library of Congress
Coverage Spatial, Chicago, Illinois; Temporal, January 1943
Rights Library of Congress
Date Created 1943
Resource Type
Depicted Railroad
Location Chicago, Illinois
Creator Description Jack Delano (1914-97) had careers as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration, beginning in 1940, and a composer of music. Born in Ukraine, he came to the U.S. in 1923. He graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1932, and because of an impressive photographic project about mining conditions in the Pennsylvania anthracite area, got a job with the FSA. He photographed railroads extensively for the FSA and its successor, the Office of War Information. He worked particularly in Chicago, then to the Pacific Coast, often using color--a new medium at the time. He concentrated on showing how the railroad industry worked and on the people who did the work. As part of another FSA project he visited Puerto Rico and settled there in 1946, becoming an important composer of serious Puerto Rican music, much of it derived from folk tunes.
Collection Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information
Image ID LC-USW3-013850-E
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