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Railroad Work

Sugimoto, Henry [ bio ]

Railroad Work
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L: 64 in, W: 51.5 in

New York, N.Y., ca. 1970


Gift of Madeleine Sugimoto and Naomi Tagawa, Japanese American National Museum


Stretched and framed

Group of men laying railroad tracks. Train tracks run from lower left to midground right. At lower left, a man in blue overalls stands on the ballast with a pick resting against his stomach as he pauses in his work to drink from a grey container he lifts over his head. Across from him, in the foreground center with his back to the viewer, a man in blue overalls raises a hammer to strike a spike. Four men lay crossties under rail at upper part of tracks on ballast. Three of the four men wear blue overalls, the fourth wears jeans and a brown shirt. A bearded Caucasian man, visible from the shoulders up, faces the viewer in a white shirt and hat smoking a pipe in the lower right corner. Crossties lie stacked in midground left next to a man cooking over a fire. He is dressed in jeans, tan shirt, white apron and headband. There are two barrels next to the campfire, one covered by a board with seven blue cups atop. Three trees and two white tents stand behind him. A short distance to the right stands a sign, Goshen Junction. In the background, a broad expanse of open land where cattle graze is broken by a cluster of houses and trees on the right; a windmill; and a train leaving the town going west. A cluster of trees stands in front of a blue mountain range in the distance.

Signed in medium, bottom left corner: H. Sugimoto Written on back: Japanese Immigration in America Series-- / "Railroad Work"

Goshen is a small town located several miles from Hanford.

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