Painter Reginald Marsh depicts a grungy East Side elevated train and its isolated, Depression-era passengers in carnivalesque color in 1930.
The sign above the sleeping man’s head reads something like: “The subway is fast . . . but the elevated gets you there quickly. Why not use the ‘L’”? I never thought of the El and the subway as competitors.
Marsh had a thing for the seedy side of New York, like this Times Square theater scene he painted in 1936.