Peek Inside 1939's Grand Central Terminal Through This Vintage Poster

A peek inside Grand Central Terminal in 1939
A peek inside Grand Central Terminal in 1939

The current Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913 as one of New York City's grandest public areas built in the Gilded Age.

Our friends at Ephemeral New York recently dug up this vintage poster from 1939, showing a cross-section the Terminal's famous Main Concourse.

From the New York Central Railroad comes this cool cutaway poster into Grand Central Terminal circa 1939, when train travel reigned supreme. The zodiac ceiling in the main concourse looks beautifully blue. There’s the main waiting room, now called Vanderbilt Hall, as well as a restaurant concourse, plus various lower levels connecting passengers to commuter trains and subways.

Originally published on August 15th, 2016

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's with his partner and son. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time eating, running, and working on cool stuff.

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