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Elevated train sign

Elevated train sign
Title
Elevated train sign
Date 
1870-1955
Medium 
Metal
Dimensions 
20 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 1/8 in.
Description 
A black metal street sign with embossed lettering highlighted in white from the New York Third Avenue Elevated Train line that reads "3d. Ave. Local". One of nine from the system.
Credit Line 
Gift of Bella C. Landauer
Object Number 
2002.1.3522
Gallery Label 
The first elevated trains appeared in the 1870s in Manhattan. They ran over the streets of Second, Third, Sixth, and Ninth Avenues and had structures made of cast iron. Early service on the el was provided by cable car but constant breakdowns led to the shutdown of the lines. The el lines reopened in 1871 with steam engines pulling the former cable cars in Manhattan and later the wooden coaches were converted for electric operation. Bronx el service was intoduced in the mid 1880s.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group