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    Grand Central Turns 100: A Look Back, Then And Now

    Feb. 1, 2013, marks Grand Central Terminal's 100th anniversary. Some things have changed dramatically, while others are as iconic, romantic, and grungy as ever.

    Visions for the Future

    Then:

    Via chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

    "Bird's-eye view of the new Grand Central Station as it will look when completed," New York Tribune, June 26, 1910.

    Now:

    Via dnainfo.com

    The elevated doughnut-shaped skywalk designed for the "next 100 years" of Grand Central Terminal by architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

    Correspondence

    Then:

    Via loc.gov

    Mail sorting (captured ca. 1910 and 1915).

    Now:

    Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    Travelers find new ways to check mail at the Apple store in Grand Central Station on Dec. 9, 2011. It features two Genius Bars and 15-minute Express Workshops for commuters on a tighter schedule.

    Safety Precautions

    Then:

    Via sfgate.com

    Firemen on duty (date unknown).

    Now:

    Via nyportraits.blogspot.com

    Members of the National Guard on duty, April 2010.

    Critter Sightings

    Then:

    Tom Fitzsimmons / AP

    A special animal appearance by a 5-year-old chimpanzee (and Hollywood film actor) Bonzo, congratulating a train-caller for getting New York Central's 20th Century Limited express passenger train into New York on Feb. 5, 1951.

    Now:

    Via sammyandthecity.com

    Sammy, the adventurous blogging dog, checks out the new Apple store.

    Using the Payphone

    Then:

    Now:

    Via imgur.com

    Grand Central Terminal payphones being dismantled, April 2012.

    The View from Park Avenue

    Then:

    Now:

    Via Flickr: iras_azy

    March 17, 2009

    Post-celebratory Snooze

    Then:

    Via alephsaran.tumblr.com

    New Year's Eve, 1969

    Now:

    Mario Tama / Getty Images

    New Year's Eve, 2006

    Hailing a Cab

    Then:

    Via loc.gov

    Taxi drivers on strike (photo taken ca. 1910-1915)

    Now:

    Via Flickr: trodel

    In 2008, taxis aplenty!

    The Pedestrian Rush

    Then:

    Getty Images

    Jan. 1, 1940

    Now:

    Getty Images

    Nov. 1, 2012

    The Subterranean Oyster Bar

    Then:

    Via fineprintnyc.com

    In 1913, a slice of cheesecake cost a mere 19 cents.

    Now:

    Via gourmay.net

    Today, a full cheesecake can be ordered for $30.95.

    The Iconic Grand Central Shoe Shine

    Then:

    Via goodbyemelbournehellonewyork.com

    (exact date unknown)

    Now:

    Via honeynfizz.blogspot.com

    In October 2011, the tradition holds strong.

    Waiting for the Train

    Then:

    Now:

    A Romantic Liaison

    Then:

    Via shorpy.com

    October 1941, by John Collier (FSA/Office of War Information archive)

    Now:

    Via getmarriedny.com

    A British couple getting married in 2012, captured by Judie L. Guild..

    Displays of Patriotism

    Then:

    Via nycpast.tumblr.com

    Main Concourse, 1941: an 85-foot mural celebrating "the fertile U.S. land, the productiveness of U.S. industry, the future welfare of U.S. children" as an advertisement for World War II bond sales.

    Now:

    Via Flickr: mikeshaheenphotography

    November 2010, a more understated approach.

    A Lady on the Train

    Then:

    Via acidcow.com

    1970s: A book and a hat were one's best defense from unwanted disturbances.

    Now:

    Via buzzhunt.co.uk

    Insulating gadgetry abounds.

    Star Sightings

    Then:

    Now:

    Getty Images

    Marcus Wainwright, Karen Elson, Keren Craig, Hamish Bowles, Victoria Beckham, Peter Westmacott, Anna Wintour, Georgina Chapman, Tamara Mellon, Jourdan Dunn, and David Neville attend the launch of Britain's GREAT campaign at Grand Central Shuttle Station on Feb. 15, 2012.

    The Main Concourse

    Then:

    Via loc.gov

    Taken btw. 1900 and 1915

    Now:

    Happy 100th birthday, Grand Central Terminal!

    Brendan Mcdermid / Reuters

    Commuters move through the grand hall of Grand Central Terminal in New York, Jan. 25, 2013.

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