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Your weekly photo from the world’s free media repository: 23 August

Steam locomotives at rest in a Chicago roundhouse, 1942

Jack Delano was an American photographer best known for his work with the US government’s photography program within the Farm Security Administration. The image above was captured in December 1942, in the midst of the Second World War, and it shows Chicago and Northwestern Railroad steam locomotives at rest in a Chicago roundhouse before their next run.

The photo below, one of Delano’s most famous photos, shows beams of light streaming into Chicago Union Station‘s waiting room in January 1943.

As these photos are works of the US government and therefore in the public domain, these are free for you to use for any purpose and with zero requirements. More broadly, most of the holdings on Wikimedia Commons is available for you to use with only a few restrictions—usually just crediting the author, copyright license, and linking to the original URL.

Ed Erhart, Senior Editorial Associate, Communications
Wikimedia Foundation

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Photo credits

Locomotives-Roundhouse2

Jack Delano/US Farm Security Administration via Library of Congress, digitally restored by Durova

Public domain

Chicago_Union_Station_1943

Jack Delano/US Farm Security Administration via Library of Congress

Public domain