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    This is from the back cover of the Boston Rapid Transit Album, a Boston Street Railway Assn, Inc. publication. It shows the MTA, as the T was known, in the 1940s and 50s. Note the different colored lines: today's Red Line was blue, today's Orange Line was red, and today's Blue Line was orange. The current colors were switched during a system wide rebranding when the MBTA was created (this rebranding also gave us the "T" logo we know and love).

    Bill Daras, varmazis, innismir, and 32 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Contrabass 76 months ago | reply

      This is great! Thanks for sharing it.

    2. innismir 76 months ago | reply

      Very, very cool. Faved.

    3. Audiodef 66 months ago | reply

      Neato! I grew up in MA and wished I hung out in Boston more. Cool town.

    4. spin979 26 months ago | reply

      This is probably one of the coolest MTA/MBTA maps I've seen yet. Thanks for posting!

    5. Chris Devers 24 months ago | reply


      Transit maps usually follow the lead of, say, the London tube map design, and reduce everything to an idealized, non-geographic hub & spoke graph.

      I really like how this one tries to retain some of the detail. The view is a bit distorted, but probably roughly what the area would look like if, say, you were in a helicopter high over Boston Light out in the harbor (the distortion increases as you look west/up).

      But the best part is the little sketches of the stations, which seems like a great way to help orient people. If you recognize surface landmarks, you can use that to help identify the stations. Handy.

      Modern transit map designers no longer seem to find this sort of detail information useful, but I wonder if, say, Edward Tufte would agree.

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