General view of one of the classification yards of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Chicago, Ill. (LOC)

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Delano, Jack,, photographer.

General view of one of the classification yards of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, Chicago, Ill.

1942 Dec.

1 transparency : color.

Proviso Yards.
Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Chicago and North Western Railway Company
World War, 1939-1945
Railroad shops & yards
Railroad sidings
United States--Illinois--Melrose Park

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-1 (DLC) 93845501

General information about the FSA/OWI Color Photographs is available at

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL):

Call Number: LC-USW36-586


Owner: The Library of Congress
Source: Flickr Commons
Views: 163124
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    Nathan Gilmer

    • 16/Jan/2008 18:11:44

    These pictures are great. I am really happy that the Library of Congress is doing this.

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    • 16/Jan/2008 19:29:36

    Wonderful photo! Ditto, I am happy LC is doing this. I was 1 month old when this was taken, in Illinois to boot, and this scene brings back fond memories. The more railroad pictures you post, the better! Bravo and thank you.

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    • 16/Jan/2008 19:39:01

    What a fantastic serie of beautiful photos. Fantastic that the Library of Congress is doing this. -- Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    Thomas Locke Hobbs

    • 16/Jan/2008 21:39:53

    This is a real treasure of the public domain. I think it is fantastic to make these available through Flickr, the best photo sharing site around. It is a shame they have not uploaded the full resolution images. The LOC's own site will often have 20MB scans of these photos. I've made some beautiful prints of New York's Penn Station from there.

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    • 16/Jan/2008 23:14:15

    Thomas, the link to the persistent URL in the description area will take you to a high-resolution version of the image. Good luck!

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    • 16/Jan/2008 23:25:35

    Thanks JHSayers! Saved me from having to search their PPOC site. This is quite exciting! Some real beautiful stuff to be found in there.

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    • 16/Jan/2008 23:48:43

    The Library of Congress isn't just one of my favorite buildings... it's now probably my favorite Flickr contact. -- Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    far-flung part

    • 17/Jan/2008 01:28:17

    I absolutely love Jack Delano's work. Thank you so very much to the LOC for posting these photos on Flickr!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 03:44:56

    Wonderful work.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 04:57:17

    neat train picture :)

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    • 17/Jan/2008 05:13:30

    This is to good for words. Thank you LOC! Love the catalog description too. Well organized.

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    Extra Medium

    • 17/Jan/2008 05:50:40

    A brilliant collection and a wonderful idea. Thanks for using flickr!

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    acidic branch

    • 17/Jan/2008 05:59:42

    Thank you so much for releasing these images on flickr. Wow, what a spectacle!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 06:08:00

    very nice. Awesome idea.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 09:54:25

    Yeah, fan mail for my tax dollars at work! Seriously, two thumbs up, thanks.

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    dry slip

    • 17/Jan/2008 12:36:01

    good project! very thanks!

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    Ruud Raats

    • 17/Jan/2008 13:09:26

    Beautiful picture; great project

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    The Library of Congress

    • 17/Jan/2008 13:57:07

    We’re glad you’re enjoying them. We're pleased to be able to share the photographs with such enthusiastic viewers!

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    • 17/Jan/2008 14:08:46

    Wonderful project!

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    Fried Toast

    • 17/Jan/2008 16:09:16

    Excellent shot. Felt bad I couldn't add any tags ;) Everyone seems to be doing a good job of it.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 16:42:28

    Great idea, thanks !

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    Martin Ujlaki - (c) All photos

    • 17/Jan/2008 17:15:15

    Cool idea ! Now if we can just get our own Canadian Government to do the same thing up here.... ;-)

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    bored force

    • 17/Jan/2008 17:18:13

    Railroads draw a flower blossoming.

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    probable rain

    • 17/Jan/2008 18:52:33

    yes!!! thank you! this is amazing.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 19:54:26

    awesome project, making these accessible easily by the people

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    • 17/Jan/2008 20:06:28

    Thank You for all the work that must have gone into this. What an amazing collection.

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    • 17/Jan/2008 21:32:57

    we do not have much railroads here where I live, sure it is nice to see an oldie.

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    Lette Moloney

    • 17/Jan/2008 22:54:50

    I see a lot of these on Shorpy, and this makes me an instant fan of the LOC, these are incredibly beautiful images :)

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    • 18/Jan/2008 00:30:02

    this is what tax dollars were meant for :)

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    • 18/Jan/2008 00:40:06

    Finally the Internet starts to live up to its promise!

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    • 18/Jan/2008 01:16:31

    Awesome pictures!

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    Dr. Engineer-001

    • 18/Jan/2008 02:49:37

    Publishing all these excellent historic photos for everyone to enjoy is a wonderful project!

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    • 18/Jan/2008 04:07:18

    this is cool -- Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    • 18/Jan/2008 07:23:38

    I have an ongoing project (brand new, of course), started in an effort to help restore the color to these images, but also try to maintain the integrity and charm of the original. Here is the adjusted photo:

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    Fabrizio Zago - Photography and media

    • 18/Jan/2008 09:55:44

    This is great!!

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    Anne Toal

    • 18/Jan/2008 12:50:00

    Anyone who knows where this was taken, please geotag it.

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    devilish value

    • 18/Jan/2008 16:47:38

    These pictures are AMAZING. They make me realize how much work I have to do as a photographer. ;) This is a great idea. I may never have seen a lot of these any other way.

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    • 18/Jan/2008 17:56:29

    great to see these!

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    • 19/Jan/2008 15:45:25

    Wonderful idea!!! I love these great pictures.

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    Exquisitely Bored in Nacogdoches

    • 20/Jan/2008 00:42:57

    It does look like something I've seen at Shorpy.

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    A.K.M.Ali hossain.

    • 20/Jan/2008 12:38:37

    Good and Nice photo. Good photo Lighting- is Nice. Composition-Ok. Focusing-Ok Happy Neaw year 2008. Ali hossain . (projector Operator) BLRI.Savar .Dhaka-1341. Bangladesh. ph:- 88 02 01714328267 . e-mail:- [email protected] htt:// e-mail:[email protected]

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    ludicrous book

    • 20/Jan/2008 15:42:44

    i think you are my favourite flickr contact by far

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    Over 1 Million Views

    • 20/Jan/2008 20:10:19

    This is what makes you realize that some taxes are worth it! Keep up the great work!

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    • 21/Jan/2008 06:31:08

    Wow, I wish the feds would increase the funding for the NEA. We're lucky to see all of this.

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    Westerville Library

    • 21/Jan/2008 18:50:21

    This is an amazing collection. We are glad to see other institutions using flickr to display extraordinary pictures. The Westerville Public Library is doing something similar using the Flickr API to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary. Take a look: Keep up the amazing job!

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    • 21/Jan/2008 22:49:27

    I love that the LOC is bringing American History to life. Thanks for taking on this initiative and providing all of these wonderful images for easy Flickr viewing. I can't get enough!

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    Rob Scumaci

    • 22/Jan/2008 00:37:24

    Excellent idea. Kudos to the Library of Congress and Flickr. -- Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    The Blind Glass

    • 22/Jan/2008 05:56:35

    This is WONDERFUL! So much history capured so timelessly.

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    • 22/Jan/2008 22:33:51

    So this is how clouds are made!

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    • 23/Jan/2008 03:46:34

    this is so great. so happy to discover this. thanks for posting these amazing historical photos!

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    • 24/Jan/2008 03:47:20

    I don't understand: Why is there absolutely no metadata in the files we all can download via the All Sizes link? Why not IPTC?

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    Fried Toast

    • 24/Jan/2008 07:49:51

    Perhaps because no one had time to enter any into the file? I would imagine there are tens of thousands of images (if not more) that need updating. But likely no one to do it (or very few people). I can't pretend to know the answer to your question, but considering the photo was taken in the 1940s, I have to hazard a guess that the camera didn't automatically insert any IPTC data when it was taken. Perhaps if you can find the photographer, you can ask why he/she didn't use a better camera.

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    • 24/Jan/2008 11:21:07

    You've heard of film, right? ;-) I'm pretty sure those film cameras were lacking the metadata.

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    • 25/Jan/2008 05:49:24

    Haha making clouds...

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    • 25/Jan/2008 11:15:42

    Only just found this set of shots, brilliant use of Flickr! What a nice way to spend a day at work, viewing 3000 odd photos!

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    • 26/Jan/2008 05:55:12

    I love the feel of this one.

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    Craig Jewell Photography

    • 26/Jan/2008 08:16:24

    Wow. These photos are fantastic. I may be putting a few of these on my office walls :) -- Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    A.K.M.Ali hossain.

    • 28/Jan/2008 10:04:39


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    • 28/Jan/2008 18:26:26

    great! thanks for sharing so many photos! I have just seen a report on german state tv (WDR) about this idea! regards.

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    • 29/Jan/2008 15:50:25

    One suggestion: It looks like the images aren't tagged by the photographer's name. That would be very helpful for searching.

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    Fried Toast

    • 29/Jan/2008 15:52:56

    Add the tag :) It's a team effort, chirugby :)

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    • 12/Feb/2008 09:45:46

    nice project! -- Seen on your photo stream. (?)

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    obsolete pancake

    • 14/Feb/2008 02:29:57

    Thank you so much for posting this wonderful series! So many of these photos I'd probably never have the opportunity to see any other way.

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    Shih-Chieh Ilya Li

    • 15/Feb/2008 11:34:38


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    WilliamBanzai7/Colonel Flick

    • 25/Feb/2008 17:01:13

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Are You Experienced?, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

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    Randy's Dailies

    • 03/Mar/2008 01:33:54

    I LIKE this, library of congress. Keep up the good work.

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    Karyn Womach

    • 03/Mar/2008 04:40:59

    Excellent, Thank you!

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    • 04/Mar/2008 16:18:37 rabbit03 copie.gif" width="44" height="50" /> Thanks for adding this pictures to Flickr, this is a treasure !

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    • 09/Mar/2008 19:27:28

    needs another tag UK english "marshalling yard"

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    • 11/Mar/2008 23:48:54

    It's a beautiful photograph!

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    • 13/Mar/2008 00:28:50

    This is beautiful - and this is coming from a Chicago native! -saves- What a treasure! <3

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    abashed cherries

    • 28/Apr/2008 19:00:56

    Magnifica muestra del pasado en color. Gracias por quitarnos de la retina del pasado el B.N. Paz

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    A.K.M.Ali hossain.

    • 16/Sep/2008 02:58:45


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    • 23/Oct/2008 20:45:14

    Delano, Jack,, 1914-1997, photographer.

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    • 01/Dec/2008 12:54:30

    Great pic.

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    • 07/Jan/2009 16:14:38

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called freightyards, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 07/Feb/2009 02:19:06

    "old is gold" !! nice one........!!

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    • 03/Mar/2009 13:33:47

    amazing details !

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    • 10/Mar/2009 16:10:14

    wonderful picture, very beautiful shot ! ! _________________________________________ WINNER You are my winner! Please add this photo to

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    masoud khamis

    • 18/Mar/2009 19:17:17

    great shor > ><

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    Next Generation Photo

    • 27/Mar/2009 08:18:55

    waaw so sweet

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    • 10/Jun/2009 05:15:54

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Chicago 2016 Olympic Games (Support Group), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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    • 26/Sep/2009 18:54:41

    As the tag already states, this is Proviso Yard--Melrose Park, IL. This view was likely taken from a light tower or some other tall structure within the yard as the view looks directly west. The Manheim Road bridge is visible running over the yard about a half mile in the distance.

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    • 28/Mar/2011 12:52:58

    I love Jack Delano and the LOC! :)

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    Railroading_Historical_and Memories

    • 27/Mar/2014 12:26:01

    Wow, when steam ruled on the rails!

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    • 29/Mar/2014 16:38:21

    Change your language at the bottom of the screen to any language but English and you're magically out of Betaworld!