Home on the rails, C&NW caboose

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January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The caboose is the conductor's second home. He always uses the same one and many conductors cook and sleep there while waiting for trains to take back from division points." Medium format nitrate negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.
 
Wonder if he ever had to do some explaining to his wife or a family member who saw that picture. Or for that matter, if any other railroaders were put in the position of doing some fast talking!:D
 

Bob

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Wonder if he ever had to do some explaining to his wife or a family member who saw that picture. Or for that matter, if any other railroaders were put in the position of doing some fast talking!:D

In the 1940's, that was just a normal thing. They're not naked, they're just posed suggestively. Calendars and magazines with that sort of thing were all over the place, just about every garage had them hanging on the walls. It was a different time, and different attitudes. They were very wide spread and accepted. Many a GI in both wars used them for inspiration, and of course they were featured on the "nose art" or many a fighter plane.

If you're interested in the history, you can find more at Wikipedia.
 
Oh I know all about that! I was a welder at a strip mine in the late '70's and early '80's. The stuff in the caboose is extremely mild compared to what we had around. Things really started to change quickly around the mid eighties, to the point that even having a mild, half suggestive picture could get you fired.
 




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