30th Street Station, Philadelphia Then and Now
Philadelphia Exhibit Update!
You can visit the Documerica Returns exhibit today until December 14 at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, before it heads on to New York City. 30th St is the main railroad hub in the City of Philadelphia and the third busiest Amtrak station in the country.
In the 1970s, Amtrak was working to significantly revitalize their system and improve passenger comforts. Many scenes of their efforts to encourage rail travel across the U.S. were captured by Documerica. Charles O’Rear was the most prolific in his contributions, as he traveled across the country by rail for the project in 1973 and 1974. His images can be seen here in Flickr.
Also in 1974, Jim Pickerell took this photo of passengers waiting in the Philadelphia terminal. Now that the exhibit has made a timely stop, we want your comparison photos today. How has this scene changed?
Match these or other scenes from the area for our Philadelphia challenge .
Submit your Then and Now photos to www.flickr.com/groups/ourenvironment. Entries received by December 31, 2012 will be in the running for a large display at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C. Please include a link to the Documerica image(s) you matched.
Not in PA? Simply share your photographs of everyday life and our environment where you live. It is a chance to be part of State of the Environment, our modern day Documerica.
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