May 3, 2011

Memories of days gone by: old subway cars

An ancient NYC subway car.
This photo from the New York Transit Museum shows a subway car from the early 1950s. I remember the yellow rattan seats in these cars.

When the weave broke apart, which it did constantly, the seat became a weapon. You can see the blemishes on the seats in this photo -- but you can't feel them. Each contained sharp bits of extremely hard rattan that stuck up and cut right through your clothes. Seriously, you'd ruin your clothes every time you sat down. It was a ton of fun.

And it was unbearably hot in the cars during the summer months. There was no such thing as A/C in the old days, at least not on subways. To cap it all off, the old cars moved very slowly, making each ride seem like an eternity.

Another fabulous memory from the past. Anyone else remember these seats or perhaps another indignity we were forced to put up with in the "good old days"?

4 comments:

Artichoke Annie said...

This couldn't have been good on women's nylons...

Artichoke Annie said...

....or men's for that matter.

writenow said...

You didn't have anything like this in the area where you grew up? I would have thought it was nationwide, that trolley cars and buses might have used them too. I guess it was a NY thing. I'm tellin' ya, Annie. You couldn't sit down. They didn't feel too good in your back either.

Artichoke Annie said...

No, I never saw any public transportation with that type of seat. Now, wicker porch or yard furniture, yes, I do remember getting poked a few times there. That too was suppose to be a seasonal fix-it along with coats of paint when needed, but wicker had a way of always getting away.