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Poster Celebrates All of New York's Subway Stops

The New York City subway system is a hulking, complex mammoth of an operation. With 468 subway stops on 24 lines, it has more than any other system in the world. 

Designers Alex Daly and Hamish Smyth decided to honor New York's subways with a large poster that features every single stop. Smyth drew and alphabetically arranged all 468 subway station signs into a single print

The couple are selling their celebration of public transportation with a Kickstarter. The posters come in three versions, the poster, the edition poster, and the fine silkscreen edition. The posters will be printed in Italy using 11 Pantone spot colors and will feature the modern black signs we see today. 

The fancy silkscreened version will set you back at least $468, but it will be made in New York City by Alexander Heinrici, the artist known for his work with Andy Warhol. This version will have the older white and black color scheme that was originally created by Bob Noorda and Massimo Vignelli for the NYCTA in 1970. 

Daly and Smyth have also done another transit themed Kickstarter. The couple reissued the NYCTA Standards Manual that was originally printed in the '70s. Both projects have been officially licensed by the MTA. 

[h/t: CityLab]

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This Snow Sculpture of a Car Was So Convincing Cops Tried to Write It a Ticket
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Photo composite, Mental Floss. Car, ticket, Simon Laprise. Background, iStock.

Winter is a frustrating time to be on the road, but one artist in Montreal has found a way to make the best of it. As CBS affiliate WGCL-TV reports, his snow sculpture of a DeLorean DMC-12 was so convincing that even the police were fooled.

Simon Laprise of L.S.D Laprise Simon Designs assembled the prank car using snow outside his home in Montreal. He positioned it so it appeared to be parked along the side of the road, and with the weather Montreal has been having lately, a car buried under snow wasn’t an unusual sight.

A police officer spotted the car and was prepared to write it a ticket before noticing it wasn’t what it seemed. He called in backup to confirm that the car wasn’t a car at all.

Instead of getting mad, the officers shared a good laugh over it. “You made our night hahahahaha :)" they wrote on a fake ticket left on the snow sculpture.

The masterpiece was plowed over the next morning, but you can appreciate Laprise’s handiwork in the photos below.

Snow sculpture.

Snow sculpture of car.

Snow sculpture of car.

Note written in French.

[h/t WGCL-TV]

All images courtesy of Simon Laprise.

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This 1940 Film on Road Maps Will Make You Appreciate Map Apps Like Never Before
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In the modern era, we take for granted having constantly updated, largely accurate maps of just about every road in the world at our fingertips. If you need to find your way through a city or across a country, Google Maps has your back. You no longer have to go out and buy a paper map.

But to appreciate just what a monstrous task making road maps and keeping them updated was in decades past, take a look at this vintage short film, "Caught Mapping," spotted at the Internet Archive by National Geographic.

The 1940 film, produced by the educational and promotional company Jam Handy Organization (which created films for corporations like Chevrolet), spotlights the difficult task of producing and revising maps to keep up with new road construction and repair.

The film is a major booster of the mapmaking industry, and those involved in it come off as near-miracle workers. The process of updating maps involved sending scouts out into the field to drive along every road and note conditions, compare the roads against topographical maps, and confirm mileage figures. Then, those scouts reported back to the draughtsmen responsible for producing revised maps every two weeks. The draughtsmen updated the data on road closures and other changes.

Once those maps were printed, they were "ready to give folks a good steer," as the film's narrator puts it, quietly determining the success of any road trip in the country.

"Presto! and right at their fingertips, modern motorists can have [information] on any road they wish to take." A modern marvel, really.

[h/t National Geographic]

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