Monday, December 17, 2012

(Dancing) Strangers on a Train

Yesterday, I went to the Vintage Peacock Train Ride and it was an incredible good time. I wore my 1950s Jantzen set from Jill at the Vintage Baroness with a 1980s tie neck blouse I bought on a thrifting trip over Thanksgiving. No 30s pieces, but the effect was pretty authentic:

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Look! Twinsies! I met with the other revelers on the platform at the Second Avenue stop on the F train just after 3, and plenty of people were already dancing. There was a mix of people dressed to the nines in their vintage best and people in things a little more casual because they were dancing like crazy. I worked up a bit of a sweat myself on the platform before the train pulled up 45 minutes later.
A wreath and ribbons! How festive
My escort for the evening

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Even back then you couldn't smoke on the trains


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Off we go to Queens!
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Love her hat
I thought we were going to be riding on a train from the 30s, but it seems as though the MTA connected cars from the 30s through the 60s, original ads intact. Different cars had different light bulbs, seats and ads, so the difference was definitely noticeable. I especially love the ad for the Miss Subways contest in one of the 1960s cars.


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I tried to do a little digging to find out which of these lovely ladies was the winner; turns out, this contest went on for 30 years and the ads and photos are on display at the NY Transit Museum until March 25 of next year.

The bands rode with us, of course. On the way to Queens I enjoyed the Hot Sardines who played lovely standards and on the way back, I got Nick Palumbo and the Flipped Fedoras playing rockabilly. I stayed to dance with them a bit more after the ride was over. Love how they switched from Chuck Berry to "Sway with Me".

If you missed the train ride this year, I definitely recommend you mark your calendars and watch for it next year.

7 comments:

  1. Oh so sorry we missed each other:) I also did a couple of blog posts on the vintage train. Boy, was it ever fun!! I can see making this a ritual. We went a bit earlier because I wanted to be sure to see the Hot Sardines perform on the platform. I saw the Levy's ad but I didn't think the Hot Sardines would be playing at 3p too. Hopefully, next year I'll see you:)) Wonderful post!!
    You look lovely:)))

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  2. BTW, I have a bracelet with your name on it that you won a couple months ago:))

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  3. What an amazing event! I actually read your post twice because I was so interested. I wish LA had an event like that!

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  4. I love your outfit. This looks like so much fun!

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  5. Thanks for the write-up, that sounds like so much fun. And you look gorgeous in those pics!

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  6. Fantastic!! You look perfect in that set!

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  7. Fantastic!! You look perfect in that set!

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