Tom


Tom Range wrote "The History of New York City Subways." He traces the history of mass transportation in Manhattan and New York City’s outer boroughs with the use of old postcards. Public transportation has long been vital to the city, with horse-drawn surface lines established by 1831 and elevated railroad lines constructed during the 1870s and 1880s. The concept of subways, railroads operating underground, originated in London in 1863 and was applied to New York City by 1904. This collection of vintage postcards brings you through the tunnels of the subway, onto the platforms of the long-gone els, and examines New York’s renowned terminals, especially Grand Central and Penn Station. (blurb)

One article Tom wrote was about a man living in an apartment in the Bronx in 1917. This man was under constant surveillance by unknown people. He spoke to crowds of people, mostly ethnic Russians and East Europeans. Only in the last paragraph did we find out the man was Leon Trotsky.

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2 Responses to Tom

  1. Carol Ann Ellis says:

    I loved Tom’s story about the girl in New York who bought a lovely new fur-trimmed coat on sale, then when out in it, and was killed (snowed under) in one of the epic snow storms of the late 1880s. They found her in a snow bank several days later. Tom was incredibly good at recreating these historically based incidents.Thanks for reminding us of all this, Nelson. I have several of Tom’s stories on paper.

    Take care, Carol Ann

    On Sun, May 19, 2019 at 6:40 AM Taylorville Express wrote:

    > nel32 posted: “Tom Range wrote “The History of New York City Subways.” He > traces the history of mass transportation in Manhattan and New York City’s > outer boroughs with the use of old postcards. Public transportation has > long been vital to the city, with horse” >

  2. loilane@mchsi.com says:

    From Google – “New York City Subways traces the history of mass transportation in Manhattan and New York City’s outer boroughs. Public transportation has long been vital to the city, with horse-drawn surface lines established by 1831 and elevated railroad lines constructed during the 1870s and 1880s. The concept of subways, railroads operating underground, originated in London in 1863 and was applied to New York City by 1904. This collection of vintage postcards brings you through the tunnels of the subway, onto the platforms of the long-gone els, and examines New York’s renowned terminals, especially Grand Central and Penn Station.” Nancy Powell

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