1913 To 2013: A Then And Now

A hundred years ago World War I hadn’t yet happened, but was about to. A hundred years ago “automobiles” were just hitting the market, most of them Ford Model T. A hundred years ago the present was a hazy future inside a cubist painting.

Here’s 5 “Then and Now’s,” 1913 and 2013, to look over the slow grind and twerk of the last hundred years.

Hercules, Minerva and Mercury by    Jules-Félix Coutan atop Grand Central. via untappedcities.comHercules, Minerva and Mercury by Jules-Félix Coutan atop Grand Central. via untappedcities.com

1913: Grand Central Station in Manhattan is rebuilt by Cornelius Vanderbilt and becomes Grand Central Terminal. To the Vanderbilt family, it is a crowning jewel in their ‘New York royalty’ diadem. The astronomical depictions of the ceiling are painted backwards, as they would look to God outside the celestial sphere. By platforms, it is the largest rail station in the world.

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Zach Buck

Zach Buck

Zach Buck is a writer and editor currently living in South Korea. He serves as the official editor of Spatial Studies magazine HEADREST. In 2016 he released experimental digital archive game house.xct_ with Other Families, and it can be read about on otherfamilies.ca.

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