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29 vintage photos from 110 years of the New York subway

Board the nostalgia express with these photos of the age-old subway system and her retro rides of yesteryear
 (Photograph: courtesy The New York Public Library)
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Photograph: courtesy The New York Public Library28th Street Station, 1904
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn CollectionBorough Hall subway station, 1907
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn CollectionA tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn, 1907
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Atlantic Ave station, circa 1910
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Subway car, circa 1920
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn CollectionSubway turnstile, circa 1940s
 (Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum)
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Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit MuseumIRT Worlds Fair subway car, August 1946
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklyn CollectionBorough Hall station, 1948
 (Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress)
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Photograph: Courtesy Library of CongressCity Hall station, circa 1950s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn CollectionSubway passengers, March 1958
 (Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress)
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Photograph: Courtesy Library of Congress125th Street and Broadway station, circa 1960s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn CollectionSubway passengers, 1960
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn CollectionSubway passenger, 1962
 (Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn Collection)
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Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Public Library -- Brooklyn CollectionSubway passenger, 1960
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Coney Island station, 1963
 (Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit Museum)
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Photograph: Courtesy New York Transit MuseumNew subway cars being transported by barge to New York City, 1964
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Times Square station, 1964
 (Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical Society)
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Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical SocietySubway car, 1970s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical Society)
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Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical SocietySubway car, 1970s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical Society)
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Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical SocietySubway car, 1970s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical Society)
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Photograph: Courtesy Jack Stewart/New-York Historical SocietySubway car, 1970s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Anthony Catalano)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Anthony Catalano34th Street station, 1977
 (Photograph: nsf / Alamy)
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Photograph: nsf / AlamySubway car, 1970s
 (Photograph: ClassicStock / Alamy)
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Photograph: ClassicStock / AlamyQueens, 1980s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Olivier Nade)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Olivier NadeSubway car interior, 1980s
 (Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Olivier Nade)
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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Olivier NadeSubway car interior, 1980s
 (Photograph: ERIK C PENDZICH/REX USA)
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Photograph: ERIK C PENDZICH/REX USAVintage subway car at Grand Central station, 2004
By Michael Frye |
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Beneath the streets of New York City lies one of the largest metro systems in the world, spanning over 660 miles of track, boasting 468 stations, transporting over 5 million people a day, and being the best designated driver a city could ask for. After living in New York for a while, it's hard to be a good commuter on the crowded trains, but these images might just have you rekindling your love for MTA all over again. Although some subway stations need some repairs, the future is bright for the system with features like digital metro cards, more WiFi enabled stations, and the long awaited artsy Second Ave subway line; but until then, enjoy our favorite photos from the subway and the trains of the past 110 years of service.

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