Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography
All images by Jack Delano and courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Soldiers and civilians, food and supplies, fuel and raw materials—everything moved by rail during World War II (1941–45). America’s railroads were critical to the war effort, and the Office of War Information assigned photographer Jack Delano the job of telling the nation’s rail story in pictures. He focused his lens on the railroaders who kept the industry running, the men and women whose demanding jobs and long hours demonstrated the sacrifices needed to win the war. During the assignment, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds in Chicago—the heart of the nation’s rail industry.

Learn more about our exhibition: chicagohistory.org/planavisit/exhibitions/railroaders
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