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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.

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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.

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Then:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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