An artist’s take on vintage subway signs
As proud New Yorkers, our subway commutes are pretty much our lifelines. And while new technology would certainly make them more bearable (audible announcements might be a good start), there's something very cool about knowing that we travel pretty much the same way city-dwellers did 100 years ago.
Enter the newest way to tune into transit history, Flying Junction, a one-man company committed to re-creating the Big Apple's vintage subway signs and bus scrolls.
It all started when artist and designer Ace Harrison stumbled upon photographs of NYC rollsigns from the early 1900s and was taken with the bold, graphic style and antique hand-lettering.
Using the originals (which are highly collectible and expensive) as his model, the former T-shirt designer began painstakingly reconstructing signs from some of the most iconic locations and lines, including the Broadway Q/B ($129), Houston Street Terminal ($129) and Brooklyn Smith and Ninth stop ($129).
Although most of Harrison's canvas prints are NYC-focused, he also offers retro goodies for other cities, such as L.A., San Francisco and Chicago (all available for sale at his Etsy store).
Can't find your stop? Not to worry. Harrison gladly creates custom prints for whatever MTA outpost you call home.