El Station Interior


Berenice Abbott ( American, 1898 - 1991 )

1936, print 1983
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General Description

The following is the caption by Elizabeth McCausland accompanying the original 1939 edition of Berenice Abbott's Changing New York publication.

Unaltered, except for an occasional coat of paint, from the day it was opened to the public 60 years ago, is the typical 'El' station interior. The turnstile is a fairly recent innovation, having come into use as lately at 1923. Noisy and awkward to handle, it seems as antiquated as the architectural layout and heating apparatus.

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Elizabeth McCausland, caption for “'El,' Station Interior, Sixth and Ninth Avenue Lines, Downtown Side,” in New York in the Thirties [former titled: Changing New York], (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1973; New York: E.P. Dutton & Company, Inc.,1939), plate 76 (np).

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