Vintage photos of dangerous New York City’s subway system, 1970-1980

During the late 70’s and early 80’s, New York City’s subway system was one of the most dangerous places a person could be. Lucky for those of us who never had the chance to see it, Swiss photographer Willy Spiller was there, and the dark and atmospheric series of photos he took has now come to be known as Hell On Wheels.

These photographs are a joyous and soulful trip in the bygone era of the New York subway system. The photographer Willy Spiller, living in New York at the time, documented his underground travels with the curiosity of a foreigner, fascinated by the rush and the madness of its time. It’s the period of the first rap music, graffiti, The Warriors in the cinema, Guardian Angels on the trains and Ed Koch in charge of a broke and crime-riddled city. Willy Spiller’s images are as much a visual document of this incomparable realm as they are a syncopated, colorful poem to the city of New York and its people.

Unfortunately, Willy Spiller also witnessed a spike in crime, a large portion of which took place in the city’s underground quarters. The rate of violent incidents in the New York subway was so high by 1980 that the NYPD had over 2,300 police officers patrolling the system at all times. Spiller took his chances and documented what he saw.

Though the photos were first released in 1984, Hell On Wheels had its glory restored in 2016. Sturm & Drang publishers put Spiller’s work to print in a limited edition series of hardcover, vivid color coffee table books. “These images hardly tell a story of crime and danger,” Dr. Tobia Bezzola writes in the book’s chilling forward. “Willy Spiller doesn’t discover darkness in the underground but rather an idiosyncratic, vivid realm of its own.”

(Via Rarehistorical Photos)

Rusty 1957 Porsche 356a With Broken Motor Only $7 Million

Old porsche models don’t come cheap! For example, would you pay almost $7,000,00 U.S. for a rusty 60 year old car you can’t even drive? That’s the price an auction house in Florida is hoping some classic car love will shell out for a rare 1957 Porsche 356A coupe.

This old Porsche was discovered in a barn in the United States.  It was left there to rust after it failed a safety inspection test in the 1970’s.

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1957 porsche 356a coupe for sale
1957 porsche 356a coupe for sale
1957 porsche 356a coupe for sale

The Porsche 356A 1500 GS Carrera Coupe helped bridge the gap between the company’s sports vehicles and racing cars when it debuted in 1955.

But this 1957 model hasn’t been driven for 45 years after its brakes failed a safety inspection in Georgia in the early 1970s.

Its original engine was removed and taken apart and, after the best part of half-a-century of neglect, the bodywork and wheels are covered in rust.

However, as one of the most desirable classic Porsches there is no shortage of interest from around the world in the unrestored sports car.

Gooding & Co, the US auction house, has described it as ‘certainly one of the most exciting barn-find discoveries in recent memory’.

They have given it a guide price of £500,000 ahead of its sale on March 9 at Amelia Island, Florida.

David Brynan, Gooding & Company senior specialist and Porsche expert, said: ‘This was Porsche’s top of the line road car and one of the most exotic sports cars of the 1950s.

‘They have always been sought after, so most have been restored at least once.

‘To find a car that hasn’t been seen in 40 years, and that retains so much original character is virtually unheard of.’

The car is being sold with the original engine, which will need to be rebuilt.

When in working order, the 1.5-litre engine will develop 100bhp – giving it a 0-60mph time of 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.

According to factory records, the 1500 GS Coupe was completed on July 4, 1957, and finished in silver metallic with black leatherette upholstery.

It had numerous owners until 1973 when it was parked up in a garage and left for decades

The interior appears original and generally well-preserved and, despite being 60 years old, is thought to have been driven just 52,837 miles.

The auction house added: ‘Hidden away for decades and possessing a fantastic history, this unrestored, matching-numbers 1500 GS Carrera is certainly one of the most exciting barn-find discoveries in recent memory.

‘This is truly an opportunity not to be missed for the collector who has longed to own a genuine and noteworthy example of Porsche’s legendary four cam.’

  • The Porsche 356A 150 GS Carrera Coupe has not been driven for 45 years after failing a safety inspection
  • The 60-year-old Porsche has been parked in a barn in the United States where it has been left to rust
  • Despite its poor condition, the rare 1957 sports car is expected to sell for more than 7 million at auction
  • The car’s 1,500cc engine has been removed and completely stripped ahead of being reconditioned 

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Rare 1920s Car Ads for Lovers of Vintage Car Ads

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These vintage car ads are fun to read. Some names are still familiar like the Studebaker and others not so much.  The Jones-Six anyone? Imagine getting a car today for the prices found in these 1920s car ads!

Vintage Car Ads

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“One car alone is not sufficient for Our larger families. It always seems that Dad and Mother want to use it at the Same time that Bobbie Laura want go drive out to a dance or bridge party. A practical way out of this difficulty is to make your second car a used one. NOW, during this great Co-operative Sale Of Used Cars, is the best time to buy. Every day from May 22 to June 5 dealers are offering special values in all makes and models. “

“This year the sale of cars powered by the famous Knight sleeve-vale engine will more than double the sales for any previous year; and this remarkable growth is due to the fact that more people are learning about the Knight sleeve-valve principle and the amazing performance of this type of motor. Knight engine performance means a quick smooth flow of power that surpasses ordinary six-cylinder performance just as the average six surpass the four. The Falcon-Knight six-cylinder sleeve-valve engine with seven bearing crankshaft, places America’s finest type of motor in the lower price range. The Falcon-Knight chassis throughout is designed and constructed in keeping with the excellence of the motor.” (05 Jun 1927, Page 78 – The Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

More Vintage Card Ads – 1920s Car Ads

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“The Studebaker Standard Six Sedan can now be yours at a price that represents a reduction of $100 on one of the finest closed cars every built by Studebaker, the lowest price at which a Studebaker Sedan has ever been sold. Every high standard of Studebaker manufacture has been rigidly maintained for you at the new, low price. A price made possible by a 23% increase in sales in 1925 and by savings effected through Studebaker’s one-profit plan of manufacture. ” (The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 24 January 1926″
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Old Photos of Elevated Trains in New York City

A curve on the elevated railroad, N.Y., 1895

These old photos of elevated trains in New York City show how vital there were and are to a densely populated city where it wasn’t practical to have a lot of automobiles.

The earliest elevated railway was the London and Greenwich Railway on a brick viaduct of 878 arches, built between 1836 and 1838. The first 2.5 miles  of the London and Blackwall Railway (1840) was also on a viaduct. During the 1840s there were other schemes for elevated railways in London which did not come to fruition.

From the late 1860s elevated railways became popular in US cities. The New York West Side and Yonkers Patent Railway operated with cable cars from 1868 to 1870, thereafter locomotive-hauled. This was followed by the Manhattan Railway in 1875, the South Side Elevated Railroad, Chicago (1892–), and the elevated lines of the Boston Elevated Railway (1901–). The Chicago transit system itself is known as “L”, short for “elevated”. In Europe the Berlin Stadtbahn (1882) and the Vienna Stadtbahn (1898) were also mainly elevated systems.

The first electric elevated railway was the Liverpool Overhead Railway, which operated through Liverpool docks from 1893 until 1956.

In London, the Docklands Light Railway is a modern elevated railway that opened in 1987 and, since, has expanded. The trains are driverless and automatic. Another modern elevated railway is Tokyo’s driverless Yurikamome line, opened in 1995.

A curve on the elevated railroad, N.Y., 1895

A curve on the elevated railroad, N.Y., 1895

The Elevated, New York, 1900
The Elevated, New York, 1900
Photograph shows the express tracks of the Ninth Avenue El (elevated railroad) in New York City. The Silas Herring Building at 669 Hudson Street at 14th Street is in background at right. The new configuration for express trains was done as part of a system upgrade from 1914-1915.
Photograph shows the express tracks of the Ninth Avenue El (elevated railroad) in New York City. The Silas Herring Building at 669 Hudson Street at 14th Street is in background at right. The new configuration for express trains was done as part of a system upgrade from 1914-1915.
View looking under elevated railroad, Greenwich Street, New York., 1934
View looking under elevated railroad, Greenwich Street, New York., 1934
[New York City: Morningside Park & Cathedral Heights - showing elevated railroad. Cathedral constr. in background, 1902
[New York City: Morningside Park & Cathedral Heights – showing elevated railroad. Cathedral constr. in background, 1902
Herald Square elevated railroad and Sixth Avenue near 34th Street, New York, N.Y., 1910
Herald Square elevated railroad and Sixth Avenue near 34th Street, New York, N.Y., 1910
Thirty-Fourth St. & Sixth Ave. S.E. corner, 1910
Thirty-Fourth St. & Sixth Ave. S.E. corner, 1910
Elevated railroad station, Chatham Square, New York City, 1880
Elevated railroad station, Chatham Square, New York City, 1880
Elevated railroads in New York City: in the Bowery, 1896
Elevated railroads in New York City: in the Bowery, 1896
Elevated railroad at 110th St., N.Y., 1904
Elevated railroad at 110th St., N.Y., 1904
Elevated railroad in New York City, possibly 110th St., 1896
Elevated railroad in New York City, possibly 110th St., 1896

15 Amazing Vintage Motorcycle Photos

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If you’re a fan of motorcycles, you’ll love browsing this collection of old photos.  Did you know that in 1894, Hildebrand & Wolfmüller became the first series production motorcycle, and the first to be called a motorcycle?

The first internal combustion, petroleum fueled motorcycle was the Daimler Reitwagen. It was designed and built by the German inventors Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach in Bad Cannstatt, Germany in 1885.

Man on motorcycle, 1920
Man on motorcycle, 1920
Motorcycle, 1906
Mr. & Mrs. Willie Kay on their Indian Tricar
Advertisement for “Indian Motorcycle and Tri-cars” showing man peddling 3-wheeled motor bicycle; woman is in seat between front wheels; billboard sign on picket fence in background. 1906
Blair Shaw, 1900
Blair Shaw, 1900
Fort Knox. Armored force personnel. A first sergeant of the armored forces pulls his motorcycle to a standstill to study the effect of a tactical move during war games at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where young soldiers are learning the latest tricks of mechanized warfare
Fort Knox. Armored force personnel. A first sergeant of the armored forces pulls his motorcycle to a standstill to study the effect of a tactical move during war games at Fort Knox, Kentucky, where young soldiers are learning the latest tricks of mechanized warfare, 1942
Photograph showing Andre Grapperon, motorcyclist from Paris, France, on motorcycle.
Photograph showing Andre Grapperon, motorcyclist from Paris, France, on motorcycle. 1913
Photograph shows portrait of racing champion Ray Weishaar on motorcycle.
Photograph shows portrait of racing champion Ray Weishaar on motorcycle., 1914
First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Washington, D.C., Sept. 15. Although she weights only 88 pounds--one-third of the machine she rides, Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club - the only girl ever to be accorded this honor
First of fair sex to obtain motorcycle license in Capital. Washington, D.C., Sept. 15. Although she weights only 88 pounds–one-third of the machine she rides, Mrs. Sally Halterman is the first woman to be granted a license to operate a motorcycle in the District of Columbia. She is 27 years old and 4 feet, 11 inches tall. Immediately after receiving her permit, Mrs. Halterman was initiated into the D.C. Motorcycle Club – the only girl ever to be accorded this honor, 1937
Members of a motorcycle troup out to enjoy the fall coloring along the Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires. Massachusetts
Members of a motorcycle troup out to enjoy the fall coloring along the Mohawk Trail through the Berkshires. Massachusetts, 1941
[Police on motorcycle trailing car with smoke
Police on motorcycle trailing car with smoke, 1923
[Metropolitan police officer with motorcycle. Washington, D.C.]
Metropolitan police officer with motorcycle. Washington, D.C., 1932
Men on motorcycles
Men on motorcycles, July, 20, 1922
Motorcycle team, relay
Motorcycle team, relay , 1910
Velocipede and motorcycle]
Velocipede and motorcycle, 1921
Motorcycle couple, 1928
Motorcycle couple, 1928
U.S. mailman & motorcycle, 1909
U.S. mailman & motorcycle, 1909