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Penn Station 1.0

Penn Station 1.0

"Thirty-Second Street entrance, Pennsylvania Station, New York." The original Penn Station in the final stages of construction, circa 1910. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Stations and Coins

are two of my favorite things. The railroads, which were the prime source of long distance travel before the airplane, built huge edifices to honor themselves and called them stations. They were adorned with beautiful elements, like statues and full reliefs.

Adolph A. Weinman (who also was the designer of the "Mercury" dime and Walking Liberty half dollar) also designed the relief above the Penn Station entrance....hence the connection between the two.

Weinman used a model named Elsie Kachel Stevens for the dime and half dollar. The two coins are considered some of the most beautiful coins of the 20th Century.

His work lives on. In many forms.

Her Name is Night

Sculpted by Adolph Weinman, there were several of these. The topless one is named Night, and she holds a poppy. There is also one in the sculpture garden at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Birds of a Feather

Those handsome eagles atop the portico were sculpted by Adolph A. Weinman. They were salvaged when Pennsylvania Station was demolished in the 1960s, and at least a few survive in various locations. The same eagle is seen in profile on the half dollars of 1916-47. Incidentally, the U.S. Mint is issuing a gold edition of the half dollar this year to mark its centennial.

Topless Lady

Today she graces the Eagle Scout Memorial Fountain in Kansas City

Darn it

We just missed the train to Chattanooga by a whisker!

Cover you eyes, Velma

One of those ladies leaning on the clock is topless. Kinda jumps right out at you.

Dust to Dust

Reminds me of a c1964 New Yorker cartoon showing a loaded dump truck pulling into a New Jersey landfill with its driver asking, "Where do you want Penn Station?"

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