Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Waiting Room

The above photograph was made by Jack Delano for the Farm Services Administration's Office of War Information. The attack on Pearl Harbor had occured just 13 months prior and the worst of the war was yet to come, with our victorious outcome far from determinded.

The scene is the waiting room of Union Station in Chicago in January, 1943, through which tens of thousands of soldiers passed on their way overseas. We have no way of knowing if the photographer sought to illustrate hope, but the way he captured the light shining into the darkness is stunning.

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