Never-Before-Seen Photos Show Decrepit State Of NYC Subway In 1981

(Images via Christopher Morris)

People are constantly complaining about the poor conditions, rude people and general discomfort experienced when they ride the subway around New York City every day, but if they could see what the NYC subway system looked like back in 1981 they’d probably stop whining and appreciate how far those railcars have come.

Photographer Christopher Morris captured the seedy nature of subway travel back in the early 80s, spending six months purposefully documenting the decrepit state of affairs found aboard New York City’s subway system.

Christopher recently discovered some photos from the series that hadn’t been published, so he shared them with TIME Lightbox in hopes that people will see how far those MTA rapid transit cars have come in the last thirty years.

-Via Laughing Squid


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There were some lines like that with old cars full of graffiti, but the F train in '85 was pretty clean and had those orange molded plastic individual seats even back then, as I recall.
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