Vintage Photography: US Cars In the Forties, By Jack Delano At The Library Of Congress

Freight Depot of the US Army consolidating station, Chicago, Illinois. (1943)



An auto repair shop along US 1, between Washington, D.C. and Laurel, Maryland (1940)



Contestants at soapbox auto race on July 4th celebration at Salisbury, Maryland (1940)



Cars waiting for the nine o’clock ferry to Norfolk, at Cape Charles, Virginia (1940)



Granville Clarke, Florida migratory agricultural worker, studying road map before leaving Elizabeth City (NC) with his crew. They are going to Bridgeville, Delaware, to work in a cannery. (1940)



Customers’ cars parked in front of Tri-County Farmers Co-op Market in Du Bois, Pennsylvania. (1940)


Jack Delano (1914-1997, originally Jacob Ovcharov) was a Russian-born artist who arrived in New York aboard the SS Homeric in 1923. He gained renown for a number of photo series created for the New-Deal era Farm Security Administration (FSA), especially of coal miners, railroads, and the island of Puerto Rico. He was also an accomplished musician and public TV pioneer.


All photos and captions by Jack Delano at the US Library of Congress.