El, Second and Third Avenue Lines
Berenice Abbott ( American, 1898 - 1991 )
- 1936, print 1983
The following is the caption by Elizabeth McCausland accompanying the original 1939 edition of Berenice Abbott's Changing New York publication.
The 999-year lease of the Metropolitan Elevated Railway Company's lines to the Manhattan Railroad Company will not expire till 2878; and no doubt by then all the "Els" will be torn down. First drawn by cables, then by "dummy" steam engines, the lines were electrified in 1902.
Elizabeth McCausland, caption for “'El,' Second and Third Avenue Lines,” 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 22.
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