5. World’s Fair MetroCard
For sometime now, we’ve been compiling information about both the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fair. In 2016, we highlighted the IND (independent) subway line that was created for the 1939 World’s Fair, in addition to the aqua blue color subway car — the R22 WF (World’s Fair) model — which was specifically commissioned for the 1964 World’s Fair.
Following the event, many of the cars ended up serving as reefs in the Atlantic Ocean. However, they are memorialized on the MTA’s MetroCard (seen above), which depicts a vintage photograph of the specially marked train that carried people to the World’s Fair in 1939 and 1964. In the image, a banner states that the fleet of cars is the “first of the new 430 Blue-Gray Subway Cars for the IRT Flushing Line.”