I like history, I'm fascinated by graphic design, and I love to travel, so maybe it's only natural that I would be completely captivated by signs and maps. Hence, one of the highlights of our recent trip to the New York Transit Museum was the use of vintage ads and maps in the subway cars and the collection of train signage on display.
"Why that's easy, I use Rinso--"
Rinso saves work--saves time
Cover your coughs and sneezes please!!
Keep away from children when you have a cold."
59th Street/Columbus Circle was my stop for a while when I worked as an internet copywriter.
The Evolution of a Map
I won't start at the beginning--that would be 1904, with the IRT line--but with the 1939 World's Fair. If this sort of thing interests you, you can click on the maps to make them bigger. Lots more info (and even more maps) can be found at nycsubway.org. If this sort of thing is not your cup of tea, tune in another time for more cats and knitting and stuff because the following will probably make you weep with boredom.