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Mod Cafe: 1943

Mod Cafe: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "U.S.O. canteen, Penn Station, Harrisburg, Pa. Serving bar." Our second look at this proto-Googie extravaganza, brought to you by Travelers Aid and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

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How avant-garde

Amazing, I would have dated this at least 1950 or later. I had no idea these modern interior designs would have actually been used in 1943.

Free for all?

Servicemen/women? I always thought the USO was free to all those in the service during the war; but I see a cash register here. So, no freebees?

Clever, those psychologist-architects

GI enters USO Lounge, intent on drunken mayhem, but is so befuddled by the interior design that he decides that maybe he's had enough and repairs to the waiting room to read "Grit" until his train departs.

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