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Time Travel Under the Streets of Gotham

Time Travel Under the Streets of Gotham

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Time Travel Under the Streets of Gotham

Shawn and Cindy were among the many "time-travelers" who really got into the spirit by dressing
for the occasion to ride on one of this year's trips on New York City's Holiday Nostalgia Subway Trains.

The trips, which ran Sundays from Thanksgiving weekend to the end of December also attracted lots of photographers, including many who showed up with film cameras, some of which were even of the era of this vintage train of R1-9 cars (*), which ran on the IND 6th and 8th Avenue lines from their opening in the early 1930's into the mid 1950's, and actually soldiered on, on various parts of the system, into the early '70s.

And, if the musical "growl" of the old-style DC traction motors weren't enough to engage one's auditory nostalgia, the event also featured live swing music on the platforms, and tunes from the era performed aboard the train. (**)

©2019 Steve Ember
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Dressed for the Occasion...
Dressed for the Occasion...
Steve Ember

(**)
Happy New Year, F-C!
Happy New Year, F-C!
Steve Ember

Comments 11

  • Graham Russell 09/01/2019 7:40

    Thats a great shot with 'available' light.  Classic profile shot of the lady
  • Hans-Joachim Maquet 06/01/2019 9:27

    Absolutely cool - has the touch of the 30s - awesome the 
    look and the nostalgic camera. Great presentation. 
    Best regards and the best for 2019 from 
    Hans-Joachim
  • JOKIST 04/01/2019 19:52

    Dein Bild sieht richtig Klasse aus 

    Ingrid und Hans
  • Thomas Reitzel 04/01/2019 10:43

    That´s really a thrilling, interesting and charming event! Even more so when people are dressed adequately and photographers make use of their older equipment!
    Apart from the photographers the ladies seem to have the most fun, hair done in matching manner of the time and with the inevitable hat on, surely gloves, not to be spoken of the rest of their undoubtly charming, even thrilling outfit like elegantly tailored and figure-charming costumes, seamed nylons and matching heels, a dressing style many of us are desperately missing these days! Maybe you could take one or anther photo of these!
    Beste Gruesse
    Tom

    ...more interesting stuff as to the topic, take a look!
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/35212767@N06/
    • Steve Ember 04/01/2019 22:17

      Thanks so much for your thoughts, Tom. Yes, we've lost a lot when it comes to style...and class, and it was fun to be among people - even young ones - who so enjoy immersing themselves in the earlier styles, whether dress or music. And, of course, the contrast is even more noteworthy when compared to some of the contemporary outfits one sees now in the Subway ;-). Like you, I miss some of the more tailored and flattering (and, dare I say, feminine) clothing and hair styles of earlier decades...
      Thank you for asking to see more from this event. I do plan to add more here on F-C, as well as a photo-story about the experience on my Medium.com pages I will let you know when the latter is done. Meantime, you can view additional photos of my afternoon on the Holiday Nostalgia Train in my New York City folder.
      All best,
      Steve
    • Thomas Reitzel 05/01/2019 12:20

      Thank you for the additional thoughts, Steve. Yes, I think its not only the two of us who are missing those elegant and most feminine styles from the fifties! And, of course, also the men were dressed in a more formal but nonetheless more elegant way - hat and gloves were simply a must, polished shoes, correct haircuts, surely a tie completed a man´s outfit. On the other hand - who nowadays would dare have a cigarette hanging off the corner of his mouth while being in public, on the streets or even worse, in the subway or any bus, train, ship, plane..!
      Will take a look into your folder for sure and also look forward to more pics on your medium pages!
      So long, alles Gute!
      Tom
  • Mario Siotto 04/01/2019 10:25

    Magnifiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiique N&B
    Bonne et heureuse année
    Amitiés
    Mario