Racer Dips

That’s 1930s speak for “roller coaster.” At least it was to my grandmother, Gurnice Stephens. She grew up on Mt. Pleasant Orchard in Harford County, but worked as a nanny and a nightclub violinist in Baltimore during the 1930s and … Continue reading

Transportation Tuesday: Old Railway Storefront Design

During my maternity leave, I joined Abandoned Rails on Facebook. During those 1am and 3am feeds (lucky me) the almost 7,000 members on Abandoned Rails posted fascinating photos of endeavors past rusting into the dirt. They are stories of industry … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: NYC Department of Records Photo Archive and the Williamsburg Bridge Streetcar

The incredible site that is the NYC Department of Records Photo Archive showcases the grit and mechanics of the 20th century city. Some of the photographs are iconic, such as If you go, use the classification tree on the left. … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: Transit Chic

Public transportation in the early 20th century captured our imagination. It was modern, new, a technological advance not just for those with money, but for the people. The most iconic and compelling images place us against our machinery. The dress … Continue reading

Museum Monday: Skansen Poster

A great poster advertising the first living history museum: Skansen in Stockholm Sweden, founded 1891. Skansen is part Swedish heritage museum, part regional zoo. It sits on a steeply pitched hill at the center of one of the fourteen islands … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: San Francisco’s Market Street Railway New Owner of Weirdest Streetcar

I love San Francisco: especially their historic Market Street Railway which runs historic cars from all the cities that have trashed their streetcar lines – never questioning myself what to do there. You see PCCs from Boston and Peter Witts … Continue reading

Bye Bye Schrafft’s: Losing More Unique Buildings on the UES

A “Rat Poison” sign appeared on the front door of 155 East 79th street. Generally, that’s the sign that indicates death is close at hand. Obviously the rats are going to kick it. But it’s the building that is coming … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday: Chicago El, 1967

I couldn’t identify the photographer for this image of Chicago’s El from 1967 (please let me know if you can), a tangle of cars and trains and neon. I like the old feel of the system, the earth shattering rattle … Continue reading

Transit Tuesday – Where Vintage is Just Fine

It’s one of my first memories of Rome after sleeping off my first bout of European jet lag: opening my Stazione Termini hotel room shutters to find a rather ancient streetcar below. Decay has a different meaning in Europe. I … Continue reading