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(via CTA 4000 Series | Chicago Transit Authority 4000 Series cars… | Flickr)

Chicago Transit Authority 4000 Series cars on the Loop at Van Buren and Wells Streets in Chicago, Illinois on May 22, 1964.

Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler


From the CTA Historical Photo Collection:

“Construction of the 4.9 mile-long State Street Subway (now part of the CTA Red Line) began on December 17, 1938, near Chicago Avenue. Work on the Dearborn subway started the following March 15, but had to be suspended in 1942 due to wartime shortages.”

Bottom: “While the State Street subway didn’t open to the riding public until October 17, 1943. Mayor Edward J. Kelly led a large delegation of city and federal officials on the first inspection trip on April 2. Veteran motorman Charles Blade (kneeling right) operated the train, which is shown standing at Jackson. The all-steel 4000-series cars used for the test were the newest in service at the time, having been purchased from the Cincinnati Car Company in 1923-24.”


(via CTA BELMONT 1-82 | Mike Raia | Flickr)

CTA train at the Belmont station


January 1982

Photo by Mike Raia


CNW RTA F-40 at Crystal Lake Jct June 1981 , by Mark LLanuza
Via Flickr:
Its June 1981 and CNW commuter train with RTA F-40 with its crew gets its train order’s from the station agent at Crystal Lake Jct .This train will head up the Lake Geneva branch to McHenry IL

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)


RTA E-8’s commuter train Palatine by Mark LLanuza
Via Flickr:
Its Dec 1980 and a new coat of paint has covered this former CNW E-8 with RTA colors.This train is crossing Palatine Rd and Plum Grove Rd


(via Heading Back to Chicago | Just read the good news last night… | Flickr)

CTA 6101-02 at LaSalle / Van Buren


May 22, 1989

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"

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.


Noisiv caught up with Counterfeit. at Hurricane Festival.

Jamie: Hello I’m Jamie.
Tristan: Hey I’m Tristan.
Roland: Hi I’m Roland.
Sam: Er, I’m Sam.
Jimmy: I’m Jimmy.
Jamie: We’re Counterfeit. And you’re watching us on noisiv.

Favourite song to play live, from “Together We Are Stronger?”
Jamie: As Yet Untitled.
Roland: You Can’t Rely.
Tristan: You Can’t Rely.
Sam: You Can’t Rely.
Jamie: The whole set.
Jimmy: You forgot about Hold Fire.
Jamie: Hold Fire? Hold Fire.
Sam, Roland & Tristan: It’s not on the album.

Best live act?
Sam: Saw Alice Cooper. Had four outfit changes, thought that was pretty mental.
Jamie: Michael Jackson.
Tristan: Ooooh. Michael Jackson yeah, saw him with you. He was pretty good. Erm, I’d probably say Slipknot at Download.

Festival vs solo gig: 

Jamie: They’re both different. Festivals are wicked. Er, solo gigs are also dope as well. Festivals you get to see a lot of your favourite bands play as well.

Tristan: Yeah it’s kind of like a free ticket to festivals.
Jamie: It is. We’re just stoked to watch our favourite bands.

Arsenal vs Chelsea: 

Sam: Arsenal.
Roland: Chelsea.
Tristan: Arsenal.
Jimmy: Chelsea.
Jamie: Portsmouth!

Karaoke Favourite: 

Jimmy: Shaggy - It Wasn’t Me.
Sam: Avril Lavigne - Sk8er boi
Jamie: Bon Jovi - It’s My Life

Pizza vs Burger: 

Jamie: Pizza.
Jimmy: Both.
Sam: Pizza burgers yeah.

Ever fucked up on stage?
Roland: Every show.
Jamie: Always.
Sam: I’ll pass to the mic to Roland.
Roland: Every show yeah.
Tristan: Roland’s fucked up my show.
Roland: It’s just constantly carnage around me.
Sam: Roland fell off the stage in soundcheck once.
Roland: Before we’d even played. Yeah I have a habit of unplugging everyone around me, including myself.
Jamie: You’ll see Roland playing from the side of stage from now on.
Roland: Very confined to a little space.
Jamie: In a box, in a pen.

Greatest band ever?
Jamie: Oh we were talking about this yesterday. It’s a tough one y'know for greatest band ever. We’re listening to The Beatles, we’re listening to the Remixed Sargent Peppers that’s just come out. Y'know, what a stellar band but also I love The Doors, for me.

Last thing looked up on wikipedia?
Jamie: Tristan Marmont, I’ve been changing his wikipedia page for like years now.
Sam: Trying to figure out who he is.
Jamie: Yeah.

Favourite 80s song?
Jimmy: Hot For Teacher by Van Halen.
Jamie: Is that 80’s?
Jimmy: I think it is.
Jamie: Is that early 80’s?
Jimmy: I think it is.
Jamie: There you go. Hot For Teacher.
Sam: Cheryl Lynn - Got To Be Real. But I’m not sure if it was 80’s, I’m trying to think, it might have been a bit earlier, might have been a bit later.
Roland: I wasn’t alive in the 80’s.
Sam: Yep.
Tristan: Shame.

Favourite gig?
Jamie: It’s tough.
Roland: There’s so many.
Tristan: Aerodrome for me.
Sam: We played yesterday and people decided to, it was pretty sick, everyone just decided to sit down and start rowing in the middle of our songs. In the middle of a circle pit. Like it started off with 2 guys, they all just sat down and did that. Started off with a couple of guys but by the end of the song there was like -
Roland: 10 rows.
Sam: 10 people wide -
Roland: 20 people.
Sam: And then going all the way back. It was mad. It cracked me up.
Jamie: Yeah, Southside was great.
Roland: Aerodrome.
Jamie: Aerodrome in Prague was amazing. We played with Linkin Park and Enter Shikari and stuff, like that was fucking dope. That was dope.
Roland: Our hometown shows.
Jamie: Yeah SlamDunk as well.
Roland: Home town shows, slamdunk, electric ballroom.
Jamie: Ballroom was good, Underworld back home.
Roland: Cologne. Last show of tour.
Jimmy: Yeah that was a really good one at the first Cologne show, what was that called?
Roland: Luxor.
Jimmy: Luxor. I love it there yeah.

Fidget Spinners: 

Jamie: I don’t.
Jimmy: I’ve never had a go at one.
Sam: I had a go on a really like low end one and it was kinda depressing. I didn’t get the full experience. I didn’t really fully understand it at the time. Maybe I’ll learn. I don’t know but. I’m open. I’m open to it. I don’t fully understand it.
Roland: There’s a lot to learn.
Jamie: It just seems like a bunch of fucking abec nines all like rammed into something that’s like a wheel.
Sam: It’s a big wheel.
Jamie: Yeah why don’t you just buy a skate wheel. I don’t understand why you don’t just buy a skateboarding wheel and like rep some skate brands.

Favourite joke?
Jamie: Jimmy, don’t look at me. We can’t.
Sam: What did Captain Hook say before he got on the ship? ….Arghh let’s get on the ship.

Favourite album?
Jamie: As an album I have to go back to Sargent Peppers again because as an album that is like beginning to end it takes you on such a fucking ride. Like, it’s such a journey. Y'know we were talking about it again, obviously everyone has got their favourite tracks from that album. Mine’s probably “A Day In The Life” which is just like, that’s a real story song. But that album back to front is mindblowing.
Jimmy: “The Dark Side Of The Moon” (Pink Floyd) is a good one.
Jamie: Oh yeah.
Sam: Slipknot, “Iowa”.
Jamie: I picked up a vinyl, the first vinyl I bought was vinyl by a band called Chicago Transit Authority. And it’s I think, they later became Chicago, and it was way more like progressive and kind of like Jimmy Hendrix esque in its delivery. So that album obviously like has a very like special place in my heart.

Favourite venue?
Jamie: Oh, Wiesbaden, Schlachthof.
Roland: Schlachthof.
Sam: Schlachthof, Wiesbaden.
Tristan: Oh yeah, that was pretty sick.
Roland: Big up Germany.

Sam: We’ve been Counterfeit. I hope you’ve enjoyed our ramblings.
Jamie: Yeah we’re hitting up some festivals this Summer. Taubertal, open flair and some others, we’ll catch you out on the road. Thanks very much.


Caption: “A southbound Evanston Express with 4000’s comes into Main Street as a two-car shuttle with 1-50 cars is northbound.”

Evanston, Illinois

July 1973

Photo by Lou Gerard

(via Main St. Evanston)