Monday, February 8, 2010

The First Day of the NYC Subway

An outstanding handwritten message on this postcard. The New York City subway system opened on October 27, 1904, and Ruth wrote to her friend Jane about riding on it the very next day. The text reads, "We rode on the subway today and it was jam(m)ed. It only opened last night, so of course there would be a crowd." She goes on to say, "Why don't you answer my letters? We went down to the Docks and saw the big steamer in there and went all through it. We also went to the aquarium down at Castle Garden. Give my love to your mother and all the rest. Yours, lovingly." The postmark on the other side is October 29th, 1904.

We don't know Ruth, but we can imagine how excited she was about the new subway! Read more about opening day here: http://www.nycsubway.org/articles/dayone_index.html

The postcard image itself is of the Brooklyn Bridge station. If you walk up the steps from street level to the station on the left, that's the terminus of the Brooklyn Bridge, where you caught the streetcar to go to Brooklyn. The building in the center of the image is the Pulitzer building, demolished in 1955 so that more automobiles could get over the Brooklyn Bridge.

12 comments:

Christine H. said...

Subways and streetcars...you hit on my weak spot. Love this card!

Postcardy said...

That is a great message.

Mary said...

That's practically commemorative!

Irene said...

Likely she's not getting letters back because the other is jealous Ruth got to ride the subway before her.

Bob of Holland said...

Ruth wrote her message nicely along the buildings on the photo. The result, the combination of the picture and the text, is wonderful. I thought Ruth' sudden question about the non-answers of her friend was heartbreaking. Happy PFF.

Linda said...

wow, is this special. I first began collecting NYC postcards years ago. This is great!

Snap said...

Great card and I love the message! Happy PFF

pfranzme said...

Great blog. I've already read several posts, and added to my blogroll.

twobarkingdogs said...

How fun! But if it had been me, I would have waited for the crowds to dissipate and to make sure it actually worked!!

Sheila said...

One to treasure! How exciting to have one that marks a moment in history in this way.

MuseSwings said...

I browsed through all the cards you've posted and just love your choices of vintage places and times. Streetcars! Love it!

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