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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A CHRISTMAS JOKE WITH A POINT TO IT

Places to Go: 1941

Places to Go: 1941

October 1941. The main-concourse information desk at Grand Central Terminal in New York. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Icons of Transportation

It took me 51 years of living before I finally made it to Manhattan to see Grand Central terminal for myself. It was one kind of icon -- thanks to historic photos -- before.

Seeing the space, the structure, in person made it into a completely different icon. It is still the most remarkable building I have ever entered or ridden a train from or back into. This place should be preserved forever!

Paging Ayn Rand

Great photo of Dagny. I like your imagination.

Paging Ayn Rand

I'm getting a flavour of a scene from "Atlas Shrugged" here. That could be Dagny Taggart with the big hat, walking away from the camera.

Dressing up

I miss the days when we used to dress to go out. I think we have lost something over the years. We have become too casual. I know that I feel better about myself if I am dressed well. I know too that a person who is dressed well likely get more respect. Something to think about.....

Well Dressed!

Darn - Everybody looks so well dressed in these GCT and other big city train station photos! Makes me want to put on a suit.

 
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