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Vintage Photos Reveal the Gritty NYC Subway in the 70s and 80s

The New York subway has fascinated street photographers for generations, never more so than in the 1970s and 1980s. Gritty and tinged with danger, a subway ride was always an exercise in caution. In fact, in 1979, 250 serious crimes a week were reported on the NYC subway.

It’s within this context that we view the work of Swiss photographer Willy Spiller, who was living in New York and documented the subway system for seven years starting from 1977. Traversing the city with the curious eye of an outsider, his photos tell the story of the graffiti filled New York subway.

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These Vintage Photos Of Mardi Gras In New Orleans Show It’s Always Been A Wild Party

Mardi Gras arrived in the United States in the late 1600s, thanks to the Le Moyne brothers, whom King Louis XIV sent to defend France’s right to the territory of Louisiane.

Traditionally, Fat Tuesday ushered in the last chance to eat fatty foods and party through the night before the self-denial season of Lent began for Christians.

But even after France decamped from the New World, their traditional spring hurrah stuck around. Check out these vintage photos of Mardi Gras from the early 20th century, which prove it’s always been America’s coolest party.

The royal chariot with Rex, the King of the Carnival, starts the Mardi Gras procession in downtown New Orleans, La., in 1906.

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The Rex pageant began as a part of Mardi Gras in 1872. 

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This Mardi Gras parade took place between 1890 and 1910.

Mardi Gras 1The procession winds down Canal Street in 1900.
Mardi Gras 5Rex passes by Camp Street on its typical route through downtown New Orleans between 1900 and 1906.
Mardi Gras 6This float is hoisted through the crowd of a 1907 Mardi Gras celebration.
Mardi Gras 7Here’s a sign on a New Orleans storefront advertising what kind of costumes the masses should wear to a 1941 parade.
Mardi Gras 8Rex receives the key to city hall at the finale of the Mardi Gras parade in 1906.
Mardi Gras 9The night after the parade, downtown New Orleans is lit up for further celebration in 1903.
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