The Lively Morgue is a daily photo blog from the New York Times in which an original photo from the newspaper’s archives is reposted along with tidbits of information gleamed from the historical article it accompanied. Along with a rescan of the original photograph, the backs of each photo are also scanned, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the editorial process of one of the world’s best newspapers.
Today’s post shows a photograph of a graffiti filled subway car from the early 1980s.
March 5, 1981: Passengers on the New York subway, which was projecting a $369 million deficit that year. A brief story in The Times explained that a tax on oil companies passed by New York lawmakers was intended to narrow that deficit, but that a Federal appeals court effectively abolished the tax, “which had been counted on to produce more than $235 million a year, most of it earmarked for the cash-starved Metropolitan Transportation Authority.”
Check out the original article from 1981 for more.