Vintage: America by Jack Delano (1940s)

Vintage: America by Jack Delano (1940s)

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After graduating from the PAFA, Delano proposed a photographic project to the Federal Art Project: a study of mining conditions in the Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania anthracite coal area. Delano sent sample pictures to Roy Stryker and applied for a job at the Farm Security Administration Photography program FSA. Through the help of Edwin Rosskam and Marion Post Wolcott, Stryker offered Delano a job at $2,300/year. As a condition of the job, Delano had to have his own car and driver’s license, both of which he acquired before moving to Washington, D.C.

Before working at the FSA, Delano had done his own processing and developing but did neither at the FSA. Other photographers working for the FSA include Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and Gordon Parks. In 1943 FSA was eliminated as “budget waste” and subsumed into the Office of War Information (OWI).

Connecticut. Rainy Day Chaperone. Coming home from school on a rainy day in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. Rainy Day Chaperone. Coming home from school on a rainy day in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. Scene in Colchester, November-December 1940

Connecticut. Scene in Colchester, November-December 1940

Connecticut. Shelter for Two. Main street intersection in Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. Shelter for Two. Main street intersection in Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. Traffic Cop. Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. Traffic Cop. Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. What Are Friends For. Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. What Are Friends For. Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. Youth in Winter. Street in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. Youth in Winter. Street in Norwich, November 1940

Illinois. Chicago Noir. Special agent making his rounds at night at the South Water Street freight terminal of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, May 1943

Illinois. Chicago Noir. Special agent making his rounds at night at the South Water Street freight terminal of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, May 1943

Illinois. Shedding Light. In the waiting room of the Union Station, Chicago, January 1943

Illinois. Shedding Light. In the waiting room of the Union Station, Chicago, January 1943

Iowa. It's Been Good to Know Ya. Wolfsmith waves good-bye. Freight ops of the Chicago & Northwestern RR between Chicago and Clinton, January 1943

Iowa. It’s Been Good to Know Ya. Wolfsmith waves good-bye. Freight ops of the Chicago & Northwestern RR between Chicago and Clinton, January 1943

Connecticut. A Woman window shopping on a rainy day in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. A Woman window shopping on a rainy day in Norwich, November 1940

Massachusetts. Nocturne. A Foggy Night in New Bedford, 1940

Massachusetts. Nocturne. A Foggy Night in New Bedford, 1940

North Carolina. Map Quest. Florida migrants studying a road map before leaving Elizabeth City for the state of Delaware, 1940

North Carolina. Map Quest. Florida migrants studying a road map before leaving Elizabeth City for the state of Delaware, 1940

North Carolina. The Long Shadows. Traffic on the main street of Fayetteville, North Carolina at about five o'clock, when the workers start coming out at Fort Bragg, March 1941

North Carolina. The Long Shadows. Traffic on the main street of Fayetteville, North Carolina at about five o’clock, when the workers start coming out at Fort Bragg, March 1941

North Carolina. Workmen's Lunch. Migratory agricultural workers having supper at the store in Belcross, 1940

North Carolina. Workmen’s Lunch. Migratory agricultural workers having supper at the store in Belcross, 1940

Pennsylvania. Knocking Off. The end of the afternoon shift at the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation in Aliquippa, January 1941

Pennsylvania. Knocking Off. The end of the afternoon shift at the Jones and Laughlin Steel Corporation in Aliquippa, January 1941

Pennsylvania. Sunday Best. Congregation of a Black church in the mill district of Pittsburgh, January 1941

Pennsylvania. Sunday Best. Congregation of a Black church in the mill district of Pittsburgh, January 1941

Connecticut. Five & Dime. Main street intersection in Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. Five & Dime. Main street intersection in Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. House Rooms. Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. House Rooms. Norwich on a rainy day, November 1940

Connecticut. Main street intersection in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. Main street intersection in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. Mercury on Main. A rainy day view of a main street intersection in Norwich, November 1940

Connecticut. Mercury on Main. A rainy day view of a main street intersection in Norwich, November 1940


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