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Southern Terminal: 1941

Southern Terminal: 1941

August 1941. "Trains in the Southern Railway terminal in Atlanta, Georgia." Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

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The motto

"Southern Serves the South" is something I saw on a lot of railroad cars back in the day.

Peachtree Station

Designed by architect Neel Reid, it was built in 1918 as a commuter stop on the north side of town for the Southern Railway whose main stop was Terminal Station downtown.

I think the size of the trains make it more likely that the photo was taken at Terminal Station in downtown Atlanta. Here is a picture of the Old (1918-1970) Terminal.

Arches and angles

The geometry in this photo is really remarkable! The three rays converge in the distance, giving it depth and perspective! Also, the guys on the left look so classy in their tailored suits! Get aboard, gentlemen!

Peachtree Station, now served by Amtrak

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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