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METADATA: Each image is assigned metadata to help identify subject matter:

RAILROAD NAME—Abbreviations are used (see below for samples)
STATE—USPS abbreviations are used (i.e. “WI" for Wisconsin)
CITY
POSTMARK DATE—The date of postmark, if available. Helps approximate the date of image.
KEYWORD(S)—Identify subject matter within the image (see samples below).
REMARKS—Handwritten remarks or printing on postcard that may add historical information pertinent to the image.

SEARCHING TIPS: You may search by any of the metadata fields above, or keywords. For example, type “WI” and all matches for Wisconsin-identified postcards will be displayed. Type “depot” and all matches featuring a depot building will be displayed.

RAILROADS: AA AT&SF AV&S Co. B&LE B&M BCR&N Big 4 C&A C&NW C&S CB&Q CC&CS CGW CM&PS CM&StP CM&StP/C&NW CP CRANDIC CRI&P CRRR CStPM&O D&M D&RGW E&TH F&CC FDDM&S GATX GBW GN GTW IaC IC Lackawanna M&StL MCRR MP&N MSt&L N&NW NP O&C PM PRR Pullman SOO UP V&T WC WCF&N.

KEYWORDS: bridge depot diamond equipment freight motorcar narrowgauge passenger rotary roundhouse snowplow steam waterspout watertower windmill wreck yards.


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Enter search terms:
1. Railroad: IC, Alhambra IL.
   Postmark: 4/12/1909, Alhambra, IL
   Comments:
   Keywords: passenger steam

2. Railroad: IC, Apple River IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments: "Witzel Studio, Warren, Ills."
   Keywords: depot passenger action

3. Railroad: C&NW, Belvidere IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments:
   Keywords: depot steam passenger

4. Railroad: C&NW, Capron IL.
   Postmark: 2/?/1910
   Comments: Note snowplow being pushed by locomotive.
   Keywords: action snowplow depot signal

5. Railroad: CRI&P, Chillicothe IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments:
   Keywords: depot steam

6. Railroad: CRI&P, Chillicothe IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments: handwritten on back "Rock Island depot, about 1908." Printed on back: "Photo by Bayle's, Chillicothe, Ill."
   Keywords: depot steam passenger

7. Railroad: , Danville IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments: (9/24/1911,null)
   Keywords: steam equipment

8. Railroad: IC, East Dubuque IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments:
   Keywords: steam tunnel

9. Railroad: IC, East Dubuque IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments:
   Keywords: tunnel

10. Railroad: IC, East Dubuque IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments:
   Keywords: tunnel

11. Railroad: C&NW, Fulton IL.
   Postmark: 9/22/??, Lyons, IA
   Comments: "Occupational plumbers laying pipe" at C&NW roundhouse.
   Keywords: roundhouse workers

12. Railroad: C&NW, Garden Prairie IL.
   Postmark: 4/26/1912
   Comments:
   Keywords: depot passenger

13. Railroad: C&NW, Harvard IL.
   Postmark: 7/10/1910, Rockford, IL
   Comments:
   Keywords: depot steam passenger

14. Railroad: C&NW, Harvard IL.
   Postmark: 10/27/1913?, Harvard, IL
   Comments: "Genuine Photograph. C. R. Childs, Photographer Post Cards, Chicago."
   Keywords: depot steam waterspout

15. Railroad: C&NW, Hebron IL.
   Postmark:
   Comments: "C. R. Childs Chicago." NOTE: This is a halftone screened postcard, not a real photo.
   Keywords: depot passenger