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# In Pictures
Turn back time: New York City subway station goes back 110 years
Wooden turnstiles, different fonts and wooden cars. Crazy times.

NEW YORK CITY’S subway turned 110 years old on Monday.

To celebrate, Google created a collection of images and a virtual tour of the old subway trains and station, taken from the New York Transit Museum.

From wood-paneled exteriors with ceiling fans to advertisements from the early 1900s, we’ve collected our favorite photos that show what riding the subway in 1904 would have been like.

The journey begins at the subway’s turnstiles, which were wooden back then.


The New York Transit Museum was actually created in a decommissioned underground station in Brooklyn.


Vintage signs from the time period are on the walls.


Car 1407 features wood paneling.


The wooden 1407 car was part of the BMT fleet, which operated above ground.


Instead of air conditioning, there were wooden ceiling fans.


Inside the subway cars are a collection of advertising from the early 1900s.


Here’s another view.


Directional signs may not look like this today, but you’ll still see the same information, just in a new style and font.


Car 1612 C was used to transport people to the 1939 World’s Fair, which promised visitors a look at “the world of tomorrow.”


This subway car was part of the Court Street Shuttle, which was shut down on June 1, 1946.


As New York’s subway system evolved, fabric seat covers were replaced by plastic.


Inside the museum, there’s plenty of subway memorabilia and historical artifacts …


… including old maps that detail the subway’s web of tunnels and models of the train cars.


Google Virtual Tour provided by Black Paw Photo.

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