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Campy Pop Culture Subway Posters From 70′s Japan

Monday 09.12.2011 , Posted by

These vintage subway posters from 1970′s and 1980′s Japan playfully use a host of pop culture icons to encourage proper etiquette while boarding and riding the countries many punctual trains. Charlie Chaplin’s fuhrer reminds us not to take up too much space, Superman wishes he hadn’t stepped in your gum and John Wayne lets us know when it’s smoke free time. This collection of posters is originally from the book Manner Poster 100, published in 1983.

Above: Don’t throw chewing gum on the platform (September 1976)
Below: When the bell chimes, it’s too late (April 1977)

Don’t forget your umbrella (October 1981)

Clearly show your train pass (September 1978)

Space Invader (March 1979)

The Seat Monopolizer (July 1976)

Coughing on the platform (January 1979)

Don’t get your purse caught in the doors (March 1977)

Dream at home (December 1981)

Umbrellas left behind in the subway (June 1976)

Humans are forgetful (February 1976)

Non-smoking Time (November 1982)


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  1. I love these! Any chance you know how I can get a print?

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