El, Second and Third Avenue Lines


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.

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.

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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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