Posts Tagged ‘vintage subway photos’

Subway riders at the new Grand Central Terminal

February 29, 2016

Are these men decked out in dress coats and bowler hats ordinary commuters—or  are they officials marking the opening of a subway entrance in the “new” Grand Central Terminal?


It’s hard to tell. But here they are captured in a moment in 1913, the year the new terminal opened and just nine years after the subway made its debut as well.

Stony stares and silence on the D train in 1951

October 3, 2013

The D train used to stop at Chambers Street? Here’s photographic proof, from the Life magazine photo archives.

Shot by Eliot Elisofen, it’s a haunting slice of subway past: wicker seats, men and women wearing hats, the absence of cell phones and ear buds.


Yet so much in this 62-year-old photo rings true today. Note the passengers looking away from each other and public service ads warning riders about the ramifications of poor subway etiquette.