Classic Subway Scene from the 1970s

Posted on: April 20th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

There’s an unspoken cardinal rule against eating meals on the subway.  It’s just frowned upon.  Especially if messy, like a greasy burger or dirty water dog.  Apparently this tie-strapped commuter from back in the day never got the memo.

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But seriously, though, this photo we recently stumbled upon is just so perfect.  The setting is a graffiti-sheathed subway car.  A suit sucks down a frank while his neighbor looks on in envy.  Then there’s the shades-wearing African American with legs crossed.  Close scrutiny seems to indicate that this subway scene was likely snapped on the N line (BMT) sometime in the 1970s.

However, as one commenter noted on the New York Tumblr, “If this is the L train, not much has changed.”  Well put!

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