Spent a fantastic afternoon time-traveling with my friend Julia today, riding on the NYC vintage train! Once a year, the MTA brings out a train made up of the old cars from the 1930s, and runs a few special shuttles between 2nd Ave in Manhattan and Queens Plaza. What fun! Aside from the ceiling fans, the train itself hasn't changed that much (what's up with that MTA?) but the really fun part is that people get all dressed up like it's 1937 and come out to ride the subway. AND there are bands playing swing favorites and folks dancing the lindy on the subway platform! NYC at it's finest...I loved it. Really got into drawing the lovely hats many of the women were wearing, too. One of the ladies was wearing a hat she designed and made herself - she turned out to be a professor of fashion at Parsons. Beautiful work, too, she gave me her card. (see the work here)
The lady on the right of the drawing above was wearing impossibly long green eyelashes. These people were listening to the music as the train swayed and rocked it's way along 6th Ave.
Guy on the right in this drawing wearing a full military uniform, with medals. Neither Julia or I could figure out what branch of the service it was from...my guess would be the army. I just loved seeing everyone in hats - why don't we wear them more often, they're so stylish?
Thedrawing above is of Svetlana and the Delancey 5, one of the groups of musicians performing. Loved her veil, and the old-fashioned microphone was a fun touch. I was sorry I wasn't wearing one of my Grandmother's hats for the occasion. I did however curl my hair and wear my super RED lipstick - very forties. :) All in all it was a fun time and a perfect way to spend a snowy December afternoon. (You can see more drawings from the day on my blog if you're interested.)
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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