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The NYC Subway Map, By Allan Keyes, with additional content by Sam Taylor

5 Aug

August 5, 2013

Behold! Your new NYC Subway Map!

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I think it’s kind of spiffy myself. No, it’s not geographically accurate by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s very pleasing to look at.  Just from a style perspective, it beats the old and busted current NYC Subway map:

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I mean yeah, the new map will probably require total strangers with raging b.o. leaning over you in the subway car to stare at it for 15 minutes while they get their bearings, but look at the bright side! Well, whenever you think of what the bright side would be, look on it. And tell me as well. I still think it’s ok to suffer for art like this though.

Trivia question: Remember the “RR” train?

Now I’ll do the hack thing and put up some cool pics of various-era NYC subway maps:

Turn of the Century style:

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1990s’ Party-Rock Style:

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1980’s style: (Mets win the World Series YAYYY!)

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1970s ULTRA MOD

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Swinging 60’s

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1950’s style:

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And the one that started it all!

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Bonus Trivia: Remember THIS???

 

And finally…..the world on the brink of the Metrocard

 

 

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Picture Postcard: Judy Johnson Statue

16 Apr

April 16, 2013

I went on a business trip last week to Wilmington Delaware. To get there, I took a train ride through the rustiest part of America. Seriously, I’ll blog about this later on, but I saw more rusty and decaying hulks- trains, bridges, buildings- than I thought existed. I saw abandoned factories for products and companies that have not existed for decades. Problem was, using the camera while on a swiftly moving train, shooting through dingy windows, was not an option. And when I arrived in Wilmington, there was very little worth taking pictures of.

Except this.

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This statue was in front of a new minor league ballpark for the Blue Rocks, whom I believe are an affiliate of the KC Royals. This is William Julius “Judy” Johnson, one of the stars of the old Negro Leagues.

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In 1919, Johnson played for a Philadelphia semi-pro team, the Madison Stars. He was acquired by a Negro major league club, the Hilldale Daisies, for $100, and played for Hilldale from 1921 to 1929. During that time, he was nicknamed “Judy” because he resembled Judy Gans, a player for the Chicago American Giants. Future Baseball Hall of Famer John Henry Lloyd became Johnson’s mentor and taught him how to play third base.

In 1924, Johnson had a batting average of .327. Hilldale faced the Kansas City Monarchs that year in the first Negro World Series, and Johnson led all batters with a .364 average in a losing effort. The following year, Johnson batted .392, and Hilldale defeated Kansas City in that season’s Negro World Series. In 1929, Johnson batted .416.

When the Hilldale club folded, Johnson became the player-manager of the Homestead Grays. There, he discovered and became a mentor to future Hall of Famer Josh Gibson. Johnson then ended his career playing for the Pittsburgh Crawfords from 1932 to 1936. He was the team’s captain and helped them win the pennant in 1935. Johnson had a career batting average of .298 in the Negro major leagues.

After his playing career ended, Johnson was a coach and scout for several Major League Baseball teams; he signed Dick Allen. Johnson became the first black coach in the majors when he coached the Philadelphia Phillies in 1954.

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