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Last Call For Railroaders

After a record 21-month run, Railroaders: Jack Delano's Homefront Photography closes at the Chicago History Museum on Sunday.

Presented in partnership with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art, Railroaders explores the dignity of everyday work and the stories of individual railroaders through more than 60 black and white and early color photographs taken by photographer Jack Delano.


"Railroaders showcases the rich, ethnically diverse history of this industrial community. We are honored to share the stories of railroaders whose daily work secured Chicago's place as an industrial linchpin during World War II," said Gary T. Johnson, president, Chicago History Museum.

Railroads and rail workers were essential to America's victory in World War II. In 1942, the Office of War Information issued photographer Jack Delano a new assignment: document "railroads and their place in American life." During the next several months, Delano captured 3,000 images, two-thirds of them in the nation's rail hub - Chicago.

The Chicago History Museum gives a last call to meet the men and women who hustled on the rails, in the stations and at the yards.

For more on Railroaders visit For more information about the Chicago History Museum's programs and exhibitions, visit or call 312-642-4600.






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Posted on December 29, 2015

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