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U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "Harrisburg, Pa., U.S.O. -- Pennsylvania Railroad Canteen & Lounge, interior." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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The current station

Is that the same floor that is in the station now? I'm trying to figure out where it would have been located. Somewhere to the left of the entrance?

302 cellphone

My cellphone is patched into my WE 302 via a Bluetooth device. It is great to keep the old phone in service in modern times.

The military patches

that I can make out on the poles are (top to bottom in height) Army Air Force, 2nd Army, 1st Army, Army Service Forces, and the 3rd Service Command.

What is currently in this space ?

The Pennsylvania RR station still stands in Harrisburg and is currently in use by Amtrak. It is a large station with multiple train platforms, befitting a state capital city like Harrisburg.

What is currently in this space within the station ?


The map on the back wall appears reversed. Or is that a mirror?

[Try looking at the entire photo. - Dave]

Mid-Century - Who Knew?

That Mid-Century decor would have been popular at mid century? Just add a couple of racks of coffee mugs, and you have a Starbucks. Great use of simple and inexpensive materials.

Got a permit for that WE-302?

Ah, the good old days, when you could actually bludgeon someone to death with your telephone!

So modern, until

This place looked so modern until I saw the cash register and the telephone. But then it couldn't be too modern since the last thing to ring up on the register was just 5 cents.

A pack of gum, perhaps?

Western Electric model 302

From the industrial design firm of Henry Dreyfuss, and produced from 1936 to 1954. One of them still lived in my great-grandfather's house in the sixties. Weighed a ton.

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