Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Magic Bus

On the scale of items being truly ephemeral, I'd have to think that bus tickets and transfers would be WAY up there, wouldn't you?  I mean, I kept a lot of things when I was a kid but my city bus transfers were not part of my pack-rattery (is that a word?  It is now!).  Of course I kick myself now....

There have been many times in my ephemera collecting when I've marveled at how alike we all are, regardless of whether we live in India or Israel.  One of those ways is the unifomity of mail; the other is public transportation.  And the bus seems to be the most ubiquitous around the world.

Oh how I wish it were more convenient to take the bus where I live!  It's sort of hard to justify taking a 45 minute bus ride, though, when I live about 6 minutes from most places I need to go.  I'm very grateful it exists, though!  It's a service every city should have - and while we're on the subject, how cool would it be to bring back the streetcar?  :D

Check out these lovely specimens from around the globe (and around the century!).  Aren't they wonderful?  I am just in awe of the design on something that is essentially meant to be thrown away.  Design for design's sake!  They almost beg to be kept, don't they?

And of course, I love using these beauties in my artwork!  Firstly, most of them are made from ultra-thin, almost tissue-like paper, so they're very easy to collage.  And secondly - well, just look at them!  The ticket designs are amazing!  :D



  1. Very cool graphics on those tickets. I wish I had saved all the tickets from when I was younger. Hmmm.

  2. Ronna, it's funny you should mention that - I actually saved a bunch of my TTC day passes! The graphics are so cool and aside from the one or two that I won't use, I love using them in my art! :D Go T.O.! :D