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Meet the Iconic Miss Subways

From 1941 to 1976, the women on the Miss Subways posters that lined subway cars represented the diversity of New York City women: they were of all ethnicities and backgrounds, college students, secretaries, aspiring actresses and singers, as well as wartime nurses.

Ellen Hart Sturm, the owner of Ellen’s Stardust Diner, has held many Miss Subways reunions over the years, after being crowned Miss Subways in 1959.

Miss Subways