The New York Transit Museum, located in downtown Brooklyn, has a great collection of vintage subway cars. This posting documents the change in interiors over the years
Traditionally subway riders have been known as ‘Straphangers’. To todays subway customers this makes no sense since there are a plethora of metal bars to hang onto, but in 1908 they had true straps.
Below are a series of photos of the interiors (hopefully I got the details on the car types correct)
Early 1900s car with rattan seats and wood grab bars. While stylish it would’ve been very hot in the summer, even with the hat chopping paddle fan
The ‘Million Dollar Car’. Built in the 1940s in anticipation of the Second Avenue Subway (which finally opened in 2017).
1930s IND ‘City Car’ with striped rattan seats.
R40 Subway Car from the 1960s – 1970s. While more practical they still had some style.
R38 subway car from the late 1960s
R44 subway car. To be realistic they should’ve left graffiti. By this point they are not nearly as stylish as the earlier ones.