20 Rare Photographs From The Early Days Of The New York City Subway

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18. Broadway Local

This photo from the early 1900s shows policemen and railway officials standing on the platform of the Broadway Local subway as a train’s about to depart. Note the elaborate mosaic decoration of the tunnel arch and the overhead windows flooding light into the tunnel. This is one of the earliest pictures we have of the NY subway.

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17. Subway drama

In this rather terrifying photo from the early 1900s we see a subway car that’s apparently made an unsuccessful attempt at flight. We don’t know the details of the obviously serious derailment depicted in this archive photo. But if there were passengers aboard when it happened they probably wouldn’t have felt like riding the subway again anytime soon, or possibly ever.

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16. Women on the subway

This photo appears to show the brief period when women-only cars were introduced on the subway. Although, if you look carefully you’ll spot that there is one man – the uniformed guard. In fact, the women-only carriages – inevitably dubbed suffragette cars – were not judged a success. The idea never really caught on. According to a 1909 New York Times article, women felt safer in mixed carriages as men could step in if there was trouble.

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