Vintage Subway Shilling
An eBay seller recently had for sale a great group of vintage advertising cards from the New York subway system. I grabbed the images, cleaned ‘em up, and uploaded them to my Cool Vintage Illustration flickr set. These cards are unusual in that the back sides had portraits and bios of the designers who worked on them — big names like Paul Rand, E. McKnight Kauffer, and Joseph Binder (below). It appears that each designer was given carte blanche to do whatever he pleased, as long as it conveyed the proper “you can’t beat advertising on subway cards” message.