The Center for Railroad Photography & Art of Madison, Wisconsin, collaborated with the Chicago History Museum on the exhibition. The center has created a 200-page catalog that that features Lucke’s portrait together with a sketch about her life.
Johnson has a copy of Delano’s portrait of her mother hanging in her living room. She says, “Mom was not a happy-go-lucky person, but she did not complain. She talked a lot about working in the roundhouse. She seemed to like it. A lot of the women shown eating lunch together (in another of Delano’s views) were her friends.” After the war, Lucke continued to socialize with her fellow workers and she took a job at a Clinton toy factory.
Her first husband, Albert Lucke, died in 1948. Around 1950 Dorothy began sewing women’s clothing for the Clinton Garment Co., as did other former engine wipers. She retired from the garment company in 1975.
The museum exhibition opens April 5 and runs through Aug 10, 2015, at the Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
Catalogs are available from the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, 313 Price Place, Suite 13, Madison, WI 53705-3262; $60 plus postage and handling. For catalog orders telephone (608) 251-5785 or email email@example.com.