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Manhattan: 1942

Manhattan: 1942

September 1942. "New York, New York. Looking west from the 17th Street station at the Third Avenue elevated railway as a train leaves on the local track." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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N.Y. City taxi cabs

I was only 2 months old when this photo was taken but as a 6-7 year old in N.Y. City, I always wondered why most Taxi cabs in N.Y. were always Chryslers or DeSotos. Did Chrysler make a stretch taxi model or maybe gave the cab companies large discounts to use their cars. I remember they had sunroofs for the rear passengers.
Even then I was a car guy.

From up top.

E 17th St

We're on E 17th St. looking west across 3rd Ave.

The truck

What do you suppose the truck in the intersection is carrying? Desks, perhaps?

Wings for the Eagle

A movie about a love triangle involving aircraft worker Brad Maple and his wife Roma (Ann Sheridan and Jack Carson), and Brad's friend Corky Jones (Dennis Morgan).

The movie's tagline? "It's Time-and-a-Half for Uncle Sam...and the Rest of the Time is for Love!"

Not Ralph Kramden

But the RCA TV repair guy.

Luggage rack

Most vintage taxis had luggage racks, qv. I've never seen a vintage photo of one folded down with luggage piled on it.

Don't tell me . . .

that you do not see Ralph Kramden just past the barber pole. Where is his bus?

Not looking North

Since 3rd Avenue runs North-South, we are looking either East or West. And we are looking toward the El, so probably not "looking from the Ninth Street station."

That can't be right

Something tells me this caption is wrong. Since Third Avenue (and the Third Avenue El above it) runs north and south in Manhattan, this view must be looking either east or west. Marjory Collins's other photos in this series were taken way uptown at 89th Street, not 9th Street, so I wonder if that part of the caption is also incorrect. Can the New York City mavens among us figure this one out?

The Conductor

Notice the blurry image of the conductor standing between the two cars. Not sure when those trains were made but i do remember back in the 1980s that NYC Transit still had trains that required the conductor to stand on steps between two cars.

Not the worst in the underground lines but must have been bad in the winter and rain.

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