When this postcard was mailed in 1954, the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia was just 21 years old. Enroute to New Jersey, a soldier buys the card to dash off a quick note to his civilian friends in Baltimore as he travels to Cape May. The station looks much the same today. The Schuylkill River still glides by under the bridge, but much of the skyline is now clustered with taller buildings. When it was opened in 1933 its main feature was the tracks built beneath the station which allowed the trains to pass through without all the smoke and fumes enveloping waiting passengers. It's main concourse inside on the main floor can only be described as cavernous and still boasts its original art deco styling. There was even a reinforced roof to allow aircraft landings.
Today it is the third busiest Amtrak station in the entire cross country system. The Folkard as it was termed actually folded in the middle allowing a private message to the addressee. This one is postmarked July 22,1954 and postmarked in Philadelphia (probably included in mail returned to the station for posting). Postage includes two 2-cent stamps. Measures 5-1/4 by 3-3/4 inches.
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