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Author Bio: The NEW YORK TRANSIT MUSEUM is one of only a handful of museums in the world dedicated to urban public transportation. The Museum's collections of objects, documents, photographs, films, and historic rolling stock illustrate the story of mass transit's critical role in the region's economic and residential development since the beginning of the 20th century. The Transit Museum's main facility is located in a decommissioned 1936 subway station in Brooklyn Heights, an ideal setting for the Museum's 20 vintage subway and elevated cars, and wide-ranging educational programs for children and adults. A gallery annex in Grand Central Terminal presents changing exhibits relevant to the millions of commuters who use mass transit every day.
Photographer Andrew Garn has exhibited his work in galleries around New York City and across the country. His photographs are also held in numerous museum and private collections.
|Stations and structures : the city beautiful : its beginnings underground|
|Station ceramic designs : aiding the traveler in the rapid identification of his whereabouts||44|
|Metalwork and lighting : the careful consideration of every nut, bolt, and screw||72|
|Station furnishings : the city's public drawing rooms||102|
|Fare collection : in 1904, a ride on the subway cost a nickel||118|
|Signage and graphics : a way out of the labyrinth||136|
|Route and system maps : does this train stop at 82nd Street?||156|
|Advertising : 23 minutes with your customer||178|
|Rolling stock : car design : step inside and watch the closing doors||206|
Posted January 22, 2009
The official book of the Museum of New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), 'Subway Style' brings together hundreds of objects relating to all aspects of the subway system since its creation more than 100 years ago--from ironwork gates to promotional posters, subway cars to platform benches, tokens to decorative tiles. From the system's beginnings, in the designs for such diverse objects playing a part in the appearance and workings of the subways, the objects were intended to reflect the Art Deco, Machine Age, and other popular styles of the modern age. Annotations with the hundreds of color photographs cite not only aesthetic points about the objects, but also historical facts. This makes for greater appreciation of the various signs, car designs (including overhead straps), etc., familiar to the millions of daily riders, but also introduction to subway memorabilia no longer a part of the system, including maps to follow its growth. As Joseph Giovannini remarks in his 'Introduction,' more than New York City's towering skyscrapers, its subway system has the greater claim to representing the city because it is older and has a larger and more lasting part in unifying the city and in the lives of its inhabitants.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 2, 2010
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