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Bus Station — Raleigh, N.C.

Our Flashback Friday post for this week features a vintage ‘linen postcard’ image of Raleigh’s Moderne-styled bus station. It was built in 1940 and later demolished in the early 1980s.

Raleigh is conveniently located on the main highways between the North and the South, in the east central portion of the State, in rolling country, on the fringe of that section of the Carolinas often referred to as the Piedmont. Throughout the city one will find quaint remains of the Old South, interspersed with the modern design of the New South.

The brief message on the back was penned by ‘Hannah’ in 1951 to her friend ‘Gus’ back home in Allentown, Pa., and testifies to a typical bus trip through the South of that era.

6/15/51
Dear Gus,
It’s 2:00 AM and we’re at Raleigh. The trip was very enjoyable even though we had to make so many stops.
Lovingly, Hannah

I wonder if any of our readers remember the old bus depot, and where it once stood. Extra points if you can identify the building seen in the background.

This linen card was published by the E.C. Kropp Co.

E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A publisher and printer that began producing chromolithographic souvenir cards and private mailing cards in 1898 under the name Kropp. These cards were of a much higher quality than those  printed under the E.C. Kropp name.
They became the E.C. Kropp Company in 1907 and produced large numbers of national view-cards and other subjects. Their later linen cards had a noticably fine grain. Sold to L.L. Cook in 1956 and they are now part of the GAF Corp. U.S.

 


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