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East End of Lobby at Union Station
East End of Lobby at Union Station
TitleEast End of Lobby at Union Station
DescriptionPostcard of the East End of the Grand Lobby at Union Station
Historical ArticleArchitectural details and coloring of the Union Station's great window, the 90-foot ceiling with ornamental plaster and the station entrance make this attractive Phostint postal card almost a work of art. Colors are softly muted browns, grays, yellows, blues and pinks.

The card was published by the Detroit Publishing Company for Fred Harvey, early restaurateur and gift shop owner at the station. It was one of a set of 10 of the station, published around the time of the station's opening in 1914.

The legend on the reverse side of the card reads: All the comforts and conveniences required by the traveler are located in the main building of the New Union Station in Kansas City, centering in a large space known as the Grand Lobby, from which the passengers have access to the waiting rooms. Adjoining the Grand Lobby are other waiting rooms for women, a smoking room for men, restaurants, telegraph office, drug store, book store and news stand. The room has an area of 22,000 square feet. . . .

A circular pavilion made up of booths for sale of railway and sleeping car tickets is a central feature of the Grand Lobby.

Marilynn Garst Mayer of Overland Park, found the card in an old trunk.

Kansas City Star
June 15, 1990

AuthorRay, Mrs. Sam (Mildred)
Item TypePostcard
CollectionMrs. Sam Ray Postcard Collection (SC58)
See finding aid: http://localhistory.kclibrary.org/u?/Local,36981
Local SubjectUnion Station
Digital FormatJPEG
RepositoryMissouri Valley Special Collections, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri
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