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From the Great Depression to World War II - photos from the American Memory collection

The American Memory collection contains more than 162,000 images taken between 1935 and 1944 by government-hired photographers. If you were to look at 100 of them per day, every day, you'd need more than four years to view them all. As a photographer, I consider these images nothing short of wondrous. This blog showcases some of them.

October 19, 2008

Train Brakeman

to locate this image on the American Memory website use search terms SWING, BRAKEMAN, CAJONA railway brakeman standing atop a train in March 1943. The caption for this photo says it was taken near Cajon, California.

Explains photographer Jack Delano: "Brakemen ride the trains in this way during the entire descent from Summit to San Bernardino."

One wonders what today's health and safety authorities would say about such a practice :-)

[American Memory link]
to locate this image, use search terms: swing, brakeman, cajon

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