Time Travel: All aboard the Nostalgia Train

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We just got the word that a recent practice we’ve come to consider a grand holiday tradition will continue this year. That’s right, the Nostalgia Train will be making its weekly runs once again along the tracks of the NYC subway.

What’s the Nostalgia Train, you ask?

Every holiday season in recent years, the good folks at the NYC transit have run the Nostalgia Train, which is made up of subway cars that operated from the 1930s to the 1970s. Not only do train fans and nostalgia buffs get to experience subway cars from another era, but all the ads that line the upper walls of the cars are vintage ones, ranging from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Our first experience with the Nostalgia Train came some summers back, on a special express run from midtown to Coney Island, but it’s even more fun at holiday time.

The train runs on Sundays from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m., November 28 thru December 26, making the same stops as the M train, traveling from the 2nd Avenue station on the Lower East Side to Queens Plaza and back again.

In the past, we’ve donned vintage clothing for the occasion, and in a perfect world, everyone else would do the same—think how it would heighten the experience!

The photos in the slideshow are from a ride we took in December 2008. They’ll give you an idea, we hope, of what a delightful experience the Nostalgia Train is.

Pitch perfect: breakfast cereals

As part of our ongoing series of collections of old advertising slogans, culled from a 1949 book called American Slogans, we today share a list of slogans that were utilized by companies that manufactured and marketed breakfast cereals, both hot and cold:

America’s favorite bran flakes (Post’s).
America’s grandest cereal assortment (Kellogg’s).
America’s new breakfast banquet of shredded whole wheat (Cubs Cereal).
America’s popular year ’round breakfast (Quaker Oats).
An ounce of prevention for everybody, everyday (Post’s Bran Flakes).

Best because it’s pan-dried (Robin Hood), Rapid Oats.
Bite size (Shredded Ralston).
Breakfast of champions (Wheaties), General Mills, Inc., Minneapolis.

Cereal in slices (Cracked Wheat Bread), Freihofer Baking Co., Philadelphia.
Cereal you can serve a dozen ways, The (Nabisco Shredded Wheat).

Delicious whole wheat cereal, The (The Wheatens Co.), Rahway, N.J.

Eat it all the year (Quaker Oats Co.).

Famed for flavor (Purity Oats Co.).
Favorite for flavor, this finer-milled bran (Bran).
Food shot from guns (Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice).
For a livelier life (Cubs Cereal). National Biscuit Co.
For bracing up digestion, nerves and appetite (Quaker Oats).
Fresh as the morning (Campbell’s Corn Flakes).
Fresh from the mill to you (Livingstone’s Oats).
Full meal in two biscuits, A (Shredded Wheat Co.), Niagara Falls, N.Y.
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