Interesting observation that so many women are standing. Not very chivalrous in 1946, were they? I'd say for the most part the subway riders here are considerate toward pregnant women and the elderly and disabled, and I've occasionally had men offer me a seat just because. I usually decline, being able-bodied and all, but the gesture is always appreciated.
Back to the photos, I think the first one is my favorite. They look like a couple of happy sweethearts.
Fun photos. You seldom see so many unfolded newspapers these days, either.
Last time in New York a young man offered his seat to another woman and then to me. The woman and I looked at each other and smiled the smiles of those not about to admit unableness of body. And at the nice young man, too.
Semi-relatedly: I take light rail to work several times a week at different times of the day: sometimes I arrive at my work stop at 0645, sometimes 0845 or 1445. I always exit the door behind the driver. The past month or so, with uncanny frequency, the same slight, elderly Chinese woman will be standing on the platform in front of that train door, and she invariably shoves onto the train before anyone can get off. Sometimes she has a small boy with her, and sometimes he pulls a wagon. How can she be always getting on the train? Is she an elaborate figment of my imagination?
In Paris, I would assume that she is a pickpocket and that this is a prime location for her work. Shoving onto the metro is one of the easiest methods to relieve people of their valuables without them noticing -- they notice the shove but not the light touch of the hand at the same time.