Luxury Design, Past & Present
O. Winston Link, Living Room on the Tracks, Lithia, Virginia, December 16, 1955. Gelatin-silver photograph printed in 1987 from the 1955 negative. Signed, dated, and annotated by the artist on the reverse in pencil. Image: 15.5 inches x 19.5 inches. Sheet: 16 inches x 20 inches. Frame size: 22.5 inches x 26 inches. Excellent condition.
Winston Link's amusing and informative Field Notes on this image (NW720): "The picture window was installed to make a room with a view. Trains don't bother cats, dog, or people in spite of the nearness to the main line, Shenandoah Division. The engineer of this train has Xmas diner with the owners of this Virginia dwelling and expresses the possibility of No. 2 leaving the tracks to continue on a straight line through the house. The residents of this home have a tomato canning business, construction business, chicken farm (12,000 population) and run a general store where no one pays his bill. The store is seldom open and at no scheduled time does it open. Probably, the store does not pay. The owner of this residence, Mrs. Hester Fringer, always treated us to a delicious fried chicken dinner whenever we worked in this area which was as frequently as possible as there were a lot of good locations here. Behind this house she had a natural spring fed from the mountains. Mrs. Hester Poulis and her son, George, are in this photograph. Outside the house, Train No. 2's wheels are showing, so it is close to 7:11pm."
Winston Link's iconic photographs of steam engines along the Norfolk and Western railway taken during the late 1950's mark the end of an era in America. These 'fading giants' were gradually replaced by diesel and electric engines by the early 1960's. Link's work can be found in museum collections throughout the world. He is the only photographer in the United States to have a museum devoted to his work. Learn more about the unique work of Ogle Winston Link at the Link Museum.