In-depth look at the steam locomotive in American culture, from the country’s first railroads to the present day, with a focus on nineteenth and early twentieth century paintings. The article also includes photographs by Joel Jensen and David Plowden. Read the story of John Walter, a Chicago & North Western conductor in businessman’s clothes, who invested well and retired to Wisconsin after a long career on the C&NW working out of Proviso Yard, just west of Chicago. He is one of the fifty portrait subjects featured in the Center’s exhibition of Jack Delano’s World War II railroad photographs at the Chicago History Museum. There is also a recap of the wildly-successfull Conversations about Photography 2013 and a book review of Glenn P. Willumson’s Iron Muse by Kevin Keefe, a Center board member and editorial vice president of Kalmbach Publishing.
$7.95, 28 pages, color and b/w