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Wonders of Our Time

Date: 1937
Dimensions:
11 5/8 x 15 1/8 in. (29.5 x 38.4 cm.)
sheet: 16 x 23 in. (40.6 x 58.4 cm.)
Medium: lithograph
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Gift of Hannah S. Kully
Inscription: Signed and dated in lower right of recto in graphite: Ida Abelman '37 Inscribed in lower left of recto in graphite: 50 imp. Inscribed in lower center of recto in graphite: Wonder of Our Time
Object Number: 2011.3.29
Label Text:Ida Abelman approached the subway with ambivalence, if not outright dread, portraying it as a hellish place where people were shoved into underground trains. Abelman was an activist for workers' rights, and with this image she may have been commenting on the crowded conditions and noxious atmosphere suffered by working-class commuters as they rode the subway.