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The New York Times recently published images by 93-year old photographer Walter Chandoha who documented New York City’s Pennsylvania Station and its commuters two decades before the demolition. Chandoha was a student at NYU on the G.I. Bill in the 1940s and shot with a Rolliflex camera. He tells the Times, ““When I look at the pictures now and I see the magnificence of it, I think, How could anybody knock this thing down? It’s like knocking down the Colosseum or the Brandenburg Gate. It’s impossible to imagine.”

Fans of vintage era clothing, accessories and automobiles will get a kick out of the photos featured in the Times: 

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Tour of the Remnants of Penn Station

See our previous coverage on Penn Station, including photos of the demolition and photos of it in full gloryRead more from our Vintage Photography column

All images by Walter Chandoha.

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