Locomotive Weathervane


c. 1890

Molded copper and iron with remnants of black paint and verdigris

Ht. 31”, L. 74”

Removed from the Illinois Central Railroad 12th Street Station, Chicago, Illinois


12th Street Station, Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago Illinois, constructed 1893

Delmar W. Yungmeyer, Chicago, Illinois, 1960s

Arthur D. Dubin (1923-2011), Highland Park, Illinois

Christie’s, New York, 3 October 2007, lot 62

Delmar Yungmeyer was a founding member of the Chicago chapter of the Railway and Locomotive Historical Society, chartered in 1936.  Arthur Dubin was an architect and life-long resident of Highland Park.  He was the author of two important books on railcars, Some Classic Trains (1964) and More Classic Trains (1974), as well as a railroad archive and photography preservationist.  This vane sat atop Dubin’s mid-century modernist house in Highland Park.