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Caption: “A pair of photos of an interesting CTA fantrip 5-28-73, using all three classes of CTA’s PCC-derived rapid transit cars: 6101-02 (one of two sets of 6000’s that kept their original dual headlights), a 1-50 series car, and ‘Jitterbug’ articulated car 53. Seen here at Armitage on the North Side mainline.”


May 28, 1973

Purchased dupe slides, photographer unknown (collection of John Smatlak)

Things I have collected about the concept photos 2


They seem to be the inversed colors of each other?


The bus stop sign was based on CTA’s (Chicago Transit Authority) old signs from the last century (if my memory doesn’t fail me, the signs were changed in the 70s - 80s).

I’ve read the Owl Service book theory that has been going around and I think it makes a lot of sense, but I think the Owl Service here is also indicating the CTA’s “Night Owl Service”.


There are many things to look into in that poster:

- The remake of the Dublin LUAS map:

- They put old songs and albums on the poster as destinations (You can read the list here, but it’s not complete - still figuring out what they wrote at the diagonal green line)

- The Blue Line - Sky Line thing:

Now what does this mean? Also I don’t know if this is related or not:

Furthermore, reading on this makes me think of the Young Forever MV:

I can’t seem to find the link between these.

(My take on this is that you see they were lost, seperated in the maze by the barriers. But somehow, they made it through the maze and escaped. The last scenes show that they were together and were walking/running toward the skyline, and there’s also a plane which literally “takes you to the sky” as in the Interlude lyrics. Anyone good at metaphors and stuff?)

- The notes BigHit made for the colors: the pic on the right is CTA’s train system, seems really similar to the footer of the poster.

Yellow Line and Pink Line remain the same but not Blue Line, Green Line and Red Line. Also the Brown Line, Orange Line and Purple Line are missing from the poster.

(Read part 2 here)


On this day in music history: April 28, 1969 - “Chicago Transit Authority”, the debut album by the Chicago Transit Authority is released. Produced by James William Guercio, it is recorded at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City from January 27 - 30, 1969. Formed in 1967, the band are originally known as The Big Thing before changing their name to the Chicago Transit Authority in 1968. That same year, they meet record producer James William Guericio who also becomes their manager, helping them to secure a deal with Columbia Records. Relocating to Los Angeles, CA, they go through months of intensive rehearsals and writing sessions, before going to New York in early 1969 to record their first album. Recorded in just three days, they will have enough material for not only one, but two albums. CBS initially balks at the idea of releasing a two record set on new band. Insistent on releasing the album as it was originally conceived, the band and Guericio have to agree to take a cut in royalty payments as well as allow the label to price the album at a slightly lower rate than the normal list price for a double LP set. Once released, the twelve track double album initially gets off to a slow start but finds success through heavy touring and support from FM underground radio. It spins off four singles including “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” (#7 Pop) and “Beginnings” (#7 Pop). Reissued numerous times since its original release, most recently the album is remastered and reissued as a limited edition hybrid SACD by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. “CTA” is also reissued as a 180 double vinyl LP by Rhino in 2010, and by Friday Music in 2015. “Chicago Transit Authority” peaks at number seventeen on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA

5 Books on Editing and Language
A Shelfie from Ruth Evans Lane, Editor in Getty Publications. 

Hi, I’m Ruth Evans Lane, associate editor in Getty Publications. I really like books, and I would gladly discuss language with you any day of the week. These are five books that have pushed me to think about language in different ways.

1. The Subversive Copy Editor:  Advice from Chicago (or, How to Negotiate Good Relationships with Your Writers, Your Colleagues, and Yourself) by Carol Fisher Saller (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

A second edition of this book just came out this last year, which I haven’t yet read, but this is an essential companion to the editor’s bible, The Chicago Manual (see below). The demands on an editor can feel overwhelming, but Carol Fisher Saller, an editor of The Chicago Manual, breaks it down in a hilarious (I promise!) and helpful way.

 2. The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language by Steven Pinker (William Morrow and Co., 1994)

Steven Pinker is a cognitive scientist and linguist at Harvard, and I read this book during a truly formative time in my life—right after I finished college. I was an English major, budding editor, and insufferable pedant. Pinker completely changed the way I thought about language—you won’t catch me telling anyone irregardless isn’t a word (though if you see it in one of the books I’ve edited, know that I’m lying dead somewhere).

 3. The Chicago Manual (University of Chicago Press, 2010)

In my world, there is no higher authority. The Chicago Manual (CMOS) is my alpha and omega. As art editors, we from time to time follow different conventions than those set forth in CMOS, and I’ve never met a rule I wouldn’t consider breaking, but I consult this book every single day (though, more often than not, their online edition), and when I was doing my copyediting certificate at UCSD Extension, I read it cover to cover.

4. The Riverside Chaucer (Houghton Mifflin, 1987)

If anyone ever tells you that there’s a right way spell a word, well, they should spend some time looking at medieval English. English didn’t really have standardized spelling until well into the 18th century, and even today, spellings are still changing, though less dramatically than they once did. One of the most interesting things to me about Chaucer is that he is, along with Dante, the most famous early vernacular writer (vernacular in this context means the language of the common people, so English for Chaucer and Italian for Dante). During the Middle Ages in England, most texts were still written in Latin, and French was spoken at court; Chaucer and Dante (and other, less-known writers before them) were not just brilliant writers but true revolutionaries.

5. The Adventures of Gillion de Trazegnies: Chivalry and Romance in the Medieval East by Elizabeth Morrison and Zrinka Stajuljak (Getty Publications, 2015)

This is a book I edited for the Getty and it’s special to me not just because the authors were tremendously fun (see this trailer for the book) but also because it’s about an exquisitely beautiful illuminated manuscript in the Getty’s collection that also happens to be written in vernacular French (which you can hear Zrinka reading here). Most of the medieval manuscripts in our collection are religious and written in Latin, so this Middle French tale of the love affairs and adventures of a medieval knight during the Crusades is extra special. This book, which gives the truly stunning illuminations along with a translation from Middle French, also provides a fascinating account of the manuscript’s cultural and political context and an in-depth art historical analysis.

chicago transit authority experience tiers
  • like average inconvenience tier: it's really crowded and someone is accidentally pressing on ur spine and forcing u to do a little bit of upright yoga/really enthusiastic driver who is either singing to or loudly berating the passengers
  • moderate inconvenience tier: a verbal fight breaks out; drunk people loudly shout at each other around u or loudly shout at u; someone is taking up a whole seat for their sandwich
  • inconvenient tier: a mild physical fight breaks out; more than 2 trains pass that are too crowded to board; a woman empties her purse on the seat next to her and yells at you while she sorts through it; the man in the seat behind u reaches under the seat and unties your shoes; someone accuses u of thinking you're better than them bc you're doin homework
  • high inconvenience tier: The Jacker sits across from you; you are trapped in a car full of drunk frat boys in a tunnel due to delays; you fall asleep and wake up in a suburb that doesn't exist; rahm emanuel is in your train car and smiles at you; you're running late and the first train that arrives is the santa train; the car fills with smoke and they make everyone get off; the train is delayed at 8:03am because a real person got hit and the cps student next to you whispers "hell yeah"

The 2017 NFL Draft begins today.

Gerald Ford’s college football career at the University of Michigan ended in 1935, a year before the National Football League (NFL) held its first draft. It’s widely known that he received contract offers to play professional football for the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, although he declined them to pursue his dream of attending law school.  What had not been well known is that the future President also received an offer to play for the Chicago Bears. 

This little known fact was recently discovered by a visiting researcher who uncovered a long buried letter from George Halas, owner and coach of the Bears as well as a co-founder of the NFL. In the letter Halas confirmed that he made his contract offer to Jerry Ford following his participation in the 1935 College All-Star game, an exhibition game played against the Bears in Chicago. He also expressed his belief in Ford’s ability to play at the professional level, writing that “Jerry had the size, the speed and mobility and obviously the reflexes that are a part of a quick, sharp mentality so he most assuredly would have become an excellent big league lineman.”

President Ford received a copy of the Halas letter and an article about his football career from Bill Wolfan, a friend from Grand Rapids who met young Jerry Ford while covering high school sports for the Grand Rapids Herald. Wolfan went on to work in the Public Affairs Department at the Chicago Transit  Authority (CTA), which also had charge of Soldier Field, home stadium for the Chicago Bears.

Image: Copy of letter from George Halas to W.B. “Bill” Wolfan, 1/9/1975, from the White House Central Files Subject File, Box 1, “PP 2 Exec. 9/1/75 - 2/28/76″


Negative 3259 Chicago Elevated RR Chicago Ill Apr 13 1967 2 car train in Loop 001 by John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library


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