Monday, February 18, 2008

Transit Maps of the World

I've been waiting for months, and I finally got my hands on a copy of Transit Maps: The World's First Collection of Every Urban Train Map on Earth, by Mark Ovenden. This work is a comprehensive collection of historic and current maps of every rapid-transit system on earth. With all of its colorful graphics, it makes a beautiful coffee-table book for travel and graphic design enthusiasts.

Major cities all over the globe are included. Here is an example from Tokyo:

Also included, this fanciful map of a world united by a single transit system:

The history of the London Underground can be charted by the succession of user maps that were produced through the last century:

From my collection, two postcards of the London Underground showing some growth of the extended lines:

1985circa 1995

Below are the other two transit map postcards from my collection:

Trade offers for for additional transit map postcards are always welcome.

For additional fun with transit maps, see my earlier post.

Finally, this transit map representation of Eustace Tilley. This map was one of the winners in a contest where artists were invited to create new versions of the mascot of the New Yorker Magazine.

Eustace Tilley Subway”, by Alberto Forero, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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